hackle definition

  • noun:
    • some of the lengthy, slender, often glossy feathers in the throat of a bird, specially a male domestic fowl.
    • The erectile hairs across the back of this neck of an animal, particularly of your pet dog.
    • A hackle fly.
    • A feather plume on some soldier's uniforms, particularly the cap or helmet.
    • A comb for dressing flax, raw silk, etc.; a hatchel.
    • Any thin compound unspun, as natural silk.
    • An artificial fly for angling, made from feathers.
    • A conical covering of straw or hay, like can be used to thatch a beehive.
    • A comb for dressing flax: same as heckle, 1.
    • Any flimsy compound unspun, as raw silk.
    • An artificial fly made without wings to express a caterpillar or other larva, or the larva-like human body of a winged fly; a palmer.
    • In heraldry, just like bray, -
    • one of many lengthy hairs which, when erected, form a crest over the throat and back of your dog.
    • long slender feather regarding the necks of e.g. turkeys and pheasants
  • verb-transitive:
    • To trim (an artificial fishing fly) with a hackle.
    • To chop around; mangle by hacking.
    • to split up, because the coarse element of flax or hemp from fine, by drawing it through the teeth of a hackle or hatchel.
    • to-tear asunder; to split in pieces.
  • idiom:
    • get (one's) hackles up to-be extremely insulted or irritated.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To hack.
  • verb:
    • to split up, due to the fact coarse part of flax or hemp from the fine, by attracting it through the teeth of a hackle or hatchel.
    • To tear asunder; to break into pieces.
    • comb with a heckle
  • others:
    • To hack around; haggle. See haggle.
    • To brush, as flax or hemp: same as heckle.
    • to-tear asunder.
    • In angling, to outfit (an artificial fly) with hackle.

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