American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of the long, slender, often glossy feathers on the neck of a bird, especially a male domestic fowl.
- n. The erectile hairs along the back of the neck of an animal, especially of a dog.
- n. A tuft of cock feathers trimming an artificial fishing fly.
- n. A hackle fly.
- v. To trim (an artificial fishing fly) with a hackle.
- idiom. get (one's) hackles up To be extremely insulted or irritated.
- v. To chop roughly; mangle by hacking.
- v. To hack.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To hack roughly; haggle. See haggle.
- n. A conical covering of straw or hay, such as is used to thatch a beehive.
- n. A comb for dressing flax: same as heckle, 1.
- n. Any flimsy substance unspun, as raw silk.
- n. One of the long slender feathers from the neck or saddle of the domestic cock, much used by anglers for making artificial flies. They are distinguished as neck-hackles and saddle-hackles, according to their situation; the former are stouter and stronger than the latter. Many different colors are found, as black, white, gray, red, dun, ginger (light yellowish-red), gingerbarred, furnace (red and black), etc. Hackles for flies are also dyed of any desired color. By extension the term is applied to the similar feathers of other birds, especially when used for the same purpose. Sometimes called
- n. An artificial fly made without wings to represent a caterpillar or other larva, or the larva-like body of a winged fly; a palmer.
- n. In heraldry, same as bray, 2 .
- To comb, as flax or hemp: same as heckle.
- To tear asunder.
- n. One of the long hairs which, when erected, form a crest along the neck and back of a dog.
- In angling, to dress (an artificial fly) with hackle.
- n. A feather plume on some soldier's uniforms, especially the hat or helmet.
- v. transitive To separate, as the coarse part of flax or hemp from the fine, by drawing it through the teeth of a hackle or hatchel.
- v. archaic, transitive To tear asunder; to break into pieces.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A comb for dressing flax, raw silk, etc.; a hatchel.
- n. Any flimsy substance unspun, as raw silk.
- n. 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.
- n. An artificial fly for angling, made of feathers.
- v. To separate, as the coarse part of flax or hemp from the fine, by drawing it through the teeth of a hackle or hatchel.
- v. To tear asunder; to break in pieces.
- v. comb with a heckle
- n. long slender feather on the necks of e.g. turkeys and pheasants
- Old English *hacule, *hecile, from Proto-Germanic *hakilā. Cognate with Dutch hekel, German Hechel. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English hakell, cloak, skin, plumage, possibly from Old English hacele, cloak, mantle.Frequentative of hack1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Making a generalized statement, the soft hackle is the most effective fly I have ever used in rivers for trout.”
“The hen hackle is not tied on but attached to the collar by a shrink process.”
“After the bark had become loosened, it was taken to a "break" which broke up the stems so that the bark, or fiber could be easily separated from the broken stems by drawing it repeatedly through the "hackle" -- a board with a great number of sharp spikes driven through it.”
“After scutching, the settler would pull the flax through a board of sharp iron nails called a hackle or hatchel (see accompanying photograph) in order to untangle and smooth the threads.”
“There too is the hackle which is the old device of the De Brays.”
“He looked for a place to tie it—armor? hackle? horn?”
“Best lure ever used, "garden hackle", they (pick your fish, any fish) do like to eat.”
“Was using a woolly worm I tied myself. 10-2x hook wrapped with lead wire, a peacock herl body, and grizzly hackle.”
“The head rolling session at NPR had everything to do with NPR's terror of saying or doing anything that will raise the hackle of anyone within or without Congress about the bogus "liberal bias" that the network supposedly has.”
“The only constantly recurring cost are hooks ($0. 20-0.24 per fly for good TMC hooks); most other supplies (such as tinsel, dubbing, hackle, etc) can produce hundreds or thousands of flies per purchase.”
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