Definition of hatchel in English:

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hatchel

Pronunciation: /ˈhaCHəl/

noun

Another term for hackle (sense 3 of the noun).
Example sentences
  • One of these books contained illustrations of a hatchel and described how it was used.
  • In this issue we will learn about that often overlooked tool used in flax processing, the hackle, also called a hatchel or a hetchel.
  • After opening the small cover, you will see two trails, right side and left side, where the hatchels shall be fixed, being toothed or straights.

verb

another term for hackle.
Example sentences
  • After the flax had been hatcheled, it was in the form of short, broken fibers called tow.
  • Instead of sowing five pecks to the acre, sow five or more bushels, and you will raise flax as soft as silk; from such flax fibres can be hatcheled as fine as spinster's webs.
  • Flax was raised, and after grandfather had broken, swingled and hatchelled it, grandmother spun it into thread, which sold for $1.50 per pound.

Origin

Middle English hechele, related to hook.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: hatch·el

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