sickle


1sick·le

noun \ˈsi-kəl\

: a tool with a curved metal blade attached to a short handle that is used for cutting grass, grain, etc.

Full Definition of SICKLE

1
:  an agricultural implement consisting of a curved metal blade with a short handle fitted on a tang
2
:  the cutting mechanism (as of a reaper, combine, or mower) consisting of a bar with a series of cutting elements

Illustration of SICKLE

Origin of SICKLE

Middle English sikel, from Old English sicol, from Latin secula sickle, from secare to cut — more at saw
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall

2sickle

adjective

Definition of SICKLE

:  having the form of a sickle blade :  having a curve similar to that of a sickle blade <the sickle moon>

First Known Use of SICKLE

1688

Rhymes with SICKLE

3sickle

verb
sick·ledsick·ling \ˈsi-k(ə-)liŋ\

Definition of SICKLE

transitive verb
1
:  to mow or reap with a sickle
2
:  to change (a red blood cell) into a sickle cell
intransitive verb
:  to change into a sickle cell <the ability of red blood cells to sickle>

First Known Use of SICKLE

1922

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