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The Scythe was an old method for cutting grass for hay. It was one of the severest labors on the farm. It called to play nearly every voluntary muscle in the body, requiring not only the more frequent and regular movements of the muscles, but also a great exertion of muscular power.


Flint, Charles L. Grasses and Forage Plants (Boston, MA: William F. Gill & Company, 1874)


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