Scutch, n. 1. A
wooden instrument used in scutching flax and hemp.
2. The woody fiber of flax; the refuse of
scutched flax. "The smoke of the burning scutch."
Scutch (?), v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Scutched (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Scutching.] [See Scotch to cut slightly.]
1. To beat or whip; to drub. [Old or Prov.
Eng. & Scot.]
2. To separate the woody fiber from (flax,
hemp, etc.) by beating; to swingle.
3. To loosen and dress the fiber of (cotton or
silk) by beating; to free (fibrous substances) from dust by beating
Scutching machine, a machine used to scutch
cotton, silk, or flax; -- called also batting machine.