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hackle

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noun hack·le \ˈha-kəl\

Definition of hackle

  1. 1 a :  one of the long narrow feathers on the neck or saddle of a bird b :  the neck plumage of the domestic fowl

  2. 2 :  a comb or board with long metal teeth for dressing flax, hemp, or jute

  3. 3 plural a :  erectile hairs along the neck and back especially of a dog b :  temper, dander <the issue raised some hackles>

  4. 4 a :  an artificial fishing fly made chiefly of the filaments of a cock's neck feathers b :  filaments of cock feather projecting from the head of an artificial fly



Origin of hackle

Middle English hakell; akin to Old High German hāko hook — more at hook


First Known Use: 15th century

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hackle

verb hack·le

Definition of hackle

hack·ledhack·ling play \ˈha-k(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to comb out with a hackle

hack·ler play \-k(ə-)lər\ noun


1616

First Known Use of hackle

1616




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