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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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SWARTH, n.2 A variant, also found in Eng. dial., of swath, the cut made by one sweep of a scythe. [swɑrθ]Bwk. 1778 A. Wight Present State Husbandry II. 300:
By letting it lie a day too long in the swarth.
Per. 1795 Stat. Acc.1 XIX. 538:
It is a common practice in this country, after their hay is cut, to let it lie for several days in the swarth.
Rnf. 1880 W. Grossart Shotts 218:
A “frame of wood affixed to a scythe for the mowing of corn, and causes it to be laid better in the swarth.”

[The form has phs. been influenced by Swarth, n.1]

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