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A scythe is an agricultural hand tool for mowing grass, or reaping crops. It was largely replaced by horse-drawn and then tractor machinery, but is still used in some areas of Europe and Asia. The Grim Reaper and the Greek god Cronus are often depicted carrying or wielding a scythe.

"Scythe" derives from Old English siđe. In Middle English and after it was usually spelt sithe or sythe. However, in the 15th century some writers began to use the sc- spelling as they (wrongly) thought the word was related to the Latin scindere (meaning "to cut"). Nevertheless, the sithe spelling lingered and notably appears in Noah Webster's dictionaries.

This picture was taken at the Botanical Garden in Gothenburg. Mr Reaper was working the grass when I tried to take a picture. He saw me and posed for this capture. But I already had my finger on the the trigger and could not stop him.

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