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  • 'We'll find you a pikel, or the foresters may have an axe to spare among them.

    A Caregiver's Homage To The Very Old

  • Four sturdy countrymen in homespun came striding confidently, two with bows strung and slung ready for action, one shouldering a billhook, and the fourth a long, handled pikel.

    A Caregiver's Homage To The Very Old

  • 'A match for you and better! 'flashed Elis, and swung the pikel towards the voice.

    A Caregiver's Homage To The Very Old

  • But as the lurkers in the trees signalled along their half seen ranks and closed all together in a sudden surge into the open at the edge of the ford, one man rose out of the bushes opposite and bestrode the grassy shelf of the shore, brandishing a long, two-tined pikel lashed to a six-foot pole, and sweeping the ford with it at breast height.

    A Caregiver's Homage To The Very Old

  • And higher and more peremptorily: 'The first man ashore I spit on this pikel, Welsh or no, he's no kinsman of mine!'

    A Caregiver's Homage To The Very Old

  • The pikel with its long handle was jerked out of Elis's hand, and slashed into the stream in a great fan of water.

    A Caregiver's Homage To The Very Old

  • Doze aktualli sownd kinda gud, kinda lyke a deep fryed pikel.

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  • The other youth, turning at his companion's startled yell, was baffled only briefly at the sight of what appeared to be a Benedictine brother, bounding up from the floor with gown gathered in one hand, and the other reaching for the pikel his victim had dropped.

    Monk's Hood

  • He took heart and began an indignant rush which halted just as abruptly when the pikel was flourished capably in the direction of his middle.

    Monk's Hood

  • There was only one way to go, and Edwin went that way, pikel in hand, backing into the stall nearest him.

    Monk's Hood

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  • Pikel. I was raised in the farming community of south Shropshire where the word pikel was used exclusively for a pitchfork.

    April 1, 2015

  • PIKEL. A pitchfork ; a hayfork. (North.)

    from A Dictionary Of Archaic And Provincial Words: Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs And Ancient Customs From The Fourteenth Century J-Z V2 by John Orchard Halliwell (Jun 8, 2006)

    March 10, 2011