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winnowing:

see threshingthreshing
or thrashing,
separation of grain from the stalk on which it grows and from the chaff or pod that covers it. The first known method was by striking the reaped ears of grain with a flail.
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With his father, Gordon Lester Ford, and his brother, Worthington Ford, he issued some important bibliographies, Winnowings in American History (15 v.