sickles

sickle

[sik-uhl]
noun
1.
an implement for cutting grain, grass, etc., consisting of a curved, hooklike blade mounted in a short handle.
2.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. a group of stars in the constellation Leo, likened to this implement in formation.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English sikel, Old English sicol; cognate with Dutch zikkel, German Sichel, all ≪ Latin secula, equivalent to sec(āre) to cut + -ula -ule

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sickle (ˈsɪkəl)
 
n
an implement for cutting grass, corn, etc, having a curved blade and a short handle
 
[Old English sicol, from Latin sēcula; related to secāre to cut]

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sickle
O.E. sicol, probably a W.Gmc. borrowing (cf. M.Du. sickele, O.H.G. sihhila, Du. sikkel, Ger. Sichel) from V.L. *sicila, from L. secula "sickle" (cf. It. segolo "hatchet"), from PIE base *sek- "cut" (see section). Applied to curved or crescent-shaped things from 1459. Sickle-cell
anemia is first recorded 1922.
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sickle sick·le (sĭk'əl)
v. sick·led, sick·ling, sick·les

  1. To cut with a sickle.

  2. To deform a red blood cell into an abnormal crescent shape.

  3. To assume an abnormal crescent shape. Used of red blood cells.

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Sickle definition


of the Egyptians resembled that in modern use. The ears of corn were cut with it near the top of the straw. There was also a sickle used for warlike purposes, more correctly, however, called a pruning-hook (Deut. 16:9; Jer. 50:16, marg., "scythe;" Joel 3:13; Mark 4:29).

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