from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A. large rake with long iron teeth.
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As was inevitable, from the first they loved -- he with the flaming passion of a hell-rake, she with the sweet, appealing purity of one whose whole life had been peculiarly virginal.
Being assailed on all sides by a rabble rout, Fordelis is carried off by "hell-rake hounds."