Definition of hackle:

part of speech: noun

An instrument with hooks or iron teeth for sorting hemp or flax: any flimsy substance unspun: a feather in a cock's neck: a hook and fly for angling, dressed with this feather.

part of speech: noun

Iron tool for combing flax, & c.; feather in a cock's neck.

part of speech: verb

To dress or comb, as flax or hemp; tear into pieces; mangle in cutting. Also, hatchel, heckle.

part of speech: verb

To dress with a hackle, as flax: to tear rudely asunder.

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