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NOUN (1)

1. an edge tool for cutting grass or crops; has a curved blade and a short handle;
[syn: sickle, reaping hook, reap hook]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sickle \Sic"kle\, n. [OE. sikel, AS. sicol; akin to D. sikkel, G. sichel, OHG. sihhila, Dan. segel, segl, L. secula, fr. secare to cut; or perhaps from L. secula. See Saw a cutting instrument.] 1. A reaping instrument consisting of a steel blade curved into the form of a hook, and having a handle fitted on a tang. The sickle has one side of the blade notched, so as always to sharpen with a serrated edge. Cf. Reaping hook, under Reap. [1913 Webster] When corn has once felt the sickle, it has no more benefit from the sunshine. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. (Astron.) A group of stars in the constellation Leo. See Illust. of Leo. [1913 Webster] Sickle pod (Bot.), a kind of rock cress (Arabis Canadensis) having very long curved pods. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

sickle n 1: an edge tool for cutting grass or crops; has a curved blade and a short handle [syn: sickle, reaping hook, reap hook]
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Sickle 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).