Definition of hatchel in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhatʃ(ə)l


  • another term for hackle ( sense 3 of the noun).
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    • 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.


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  • another term for hackle.
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    • 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.


Middle English hechele, of West Germanic origin, related to hook.

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