Skein may refer to:

  • A long coil of yarn or hair intended for weaving, dyeing, or heat setting. Yarn sold in skeins often needs to be re-wound into spools or balls using a swift depending on the application. A skein is not a specific unit of length.
  • The flight of a flock of undomesticated fowl such as wild mallards or wild geese
  • Skein relation, a mathematical concept often used to give a simple definition of knot polynomials
  • A winning streak in sports
  • Fish eggs still held in the membrane, harvested from unripe fish ie: salmon or trout skein, used as fishing bait to catch the same.

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