1. [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
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.
When corn has once felt the sickle, it has no more
benefit from the sunshine. --Shak.
2. (Astron.) A group of stars in the constellation Leo. See
Illust. of Leo.
Sickle pod (Bot.), a kind of rock cress (Arabis
Canadensis) having very long curved pods.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an edge tool for cutting grass or crops; has a curved blade
and a short handle [syn: sickle, reaping hook, reap
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
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).