from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hand tool for pitching hay.
  • n. A machine-operated fork for moving hay.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tool used for moving hay; a pitchfork.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fork for pitching and tedding hay.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fork used for turning over hay to dry, or in lifting it, as into a cart, on to a rick, etc.
  • n. Hay-forks used with hay-carriers are made in the form of spears or harpoons, or of hinged grappling-irons resembling a clam-shell dredge. The harpoons are single or double and are provided with barbs which, when the shaft is thrust into the hay, can be thrown out to gather and lift a large bunch of it. The grappling-forks are opened and dropped upon the hay, when a pull upon a cord draws the tines together, gathering and lifting the hay.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a long-handled fork for turning or lifting hay


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  • A scholar from Chelm who finds a hayfork in the road is likely to conclude it's a giant's menorah.

    The Man Who Left Chelm

  • This said, I thank you for your point of view, it is helpful to know the dark recesses where the oppostion resides, that I may keep my torch lit and well fueled, and the tines of mine hayfork pointed in the right direction … … ….

    Think Progress » ThinkFast: April 25, 2006

  • Her hands would unclench from their imaginary grip on the hayfork only with effort, and her head throbbed with a general pain.

    Cold Mountain

  • Mr Wium was viciously attacked with a hayfork and pickaxe, while

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Wishing he could think of a joke, Rand tried to concentrate on his hayfork.

    The Eye of the World

  • Mat dug his hayfork into the straw and manure and gave a sidelong frown at the farmer, coming from the back of the barn with a bucket in one hand and his milking stool in the other.

    The Eye of the World

  • She wears muumuu dresses and glass jewelry hanging all over her, and in the morning she puts a boombox on the bar and she and him scrub out the toilets and sing opera together like somebody stuck them in the butt with a hayfork.

    Heaven’s Prisoners

  • One time when Alvin was tormented past endurance and only Measure's strong arms held him back from hot-blooded murder with a hayfork, Measure allowed as how the punishments of hell would most likely consist of living in the same house with five women who were all about twice a man's size.

    Seventh Son

  • Seconds later a reluctant and very embarrassed Maggie was standing at the focal point as a semi-circle of hayfork-bearing matrons advanced and retreated towards and from her.

    Puppet on a Chain

  • A double-harpoon hayfork and pulley for lifting hay from a wagon to a barn hayloft.

    Agricultural Implements and Machines in the Collection of the National Museum of History and Technology Smithsonian Studies in History and Technology, No. 17

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