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meanings of hackle


  1. A plate with rows of pointed needles used to blend or straighten hair.
  2. One of the long, narrow feathers on the neck of birds, most noticeable on the rooster.
  3. Any flimsy substance unspun, such as raw silk.
  4. By extension (because the hackles of a rooster are lifted when it is angry), the hair on the nape of the neck in dogs and other animals; also used figuratively for humans.
  5. A feather plume on some soldier's uniforms, especially the hat or helmet.
  6. A feather used to make a fishing lure or a fishing lure incorporating a feather.
  7. An instrument with steel pins used to comb out flax or hemp.


  1. To tear asunder; to break into pieces.
  2. To dress (flax or hemp) with a hackle; to prepare fibres of flax or hemp for spinning.
  3. To separate, as the coarse part of flax or hemp from the fine, by drawing it through the teeth of a hackle or hatchel.

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