4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

hackle \hac"kle\ (h[a^]k"k'l), noun [See {Heckle}, and cf. {Hatchel}.]

1. A comb for dressing flax, raw silk, etc.; a hatchel.

2. Any flimsy substance unspun, as raw silk.

3. One of the peculiar, long, narrow feathers on the neck of fowls, most noticeable on the cock, -- often used in making artificial flies; hence, any feather so used.

4. An artificial fly for angling, made of feathers.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hackle \Hac"kle\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Hackled} (h[a^]k"k'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Hackling} (h[a^]k"kl[i^]ng).]

1. To separate, as the coarse part of flax or hemp from the fine, by drawing it through the teeth of a hackle or hatchel.

2. To tear asunder; to break in pieces.

The other divisions of the kingdom being hackled and torn to pieces. --Burke.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hatchel \Hatch"el\ (-[e^]l; 277), noun [OE. hechele, hekele; akin to D. hekel, G. hechel, Dan. hegle, Sw. h[aum]kla, and prob. to E. hook. See {Hook}, and cf. {Hackle}, {Heckle}.] An instrument with long iron teeth set in a board, for cleansing flax or hemp from the tow, hards, or coarse part; a kind of large comb; -- called also {hackle} and {heckle}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: long slender feather on the necks of e.g. turkeys and pheasants


1: comb with a heckle; "heckle hemp or flax" [syn: {heckle}, {hackle}, {hatchel}]

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