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[sik-uh l] /ˈsɪk əl/
an implement for cutting grain, grass, etc., consisting of a curved, hooklike blade mounted in a short handle.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. a group of stars in the constellation Leo, likened to this implement in formation.
Origin of sickle
before 1000; Middle English sikel, Old English sicol; cognate with Dutch zikkel, German Sichel, all ≪ Latin secula, equivalent to sec(āre) to cut + -ula -ule Unabridged
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  • The great reaper with his sickle is painted on the walls of dwelling-houses as well as churches.

    Italian Alps Douglas William Freshfield
  • From behind the hills peeped the edge of the moon—a sickle of burnished copper.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • Instead of driving the plough or wielding the sickle, you roll your cylinders.

    The Letters of Cassiodorus Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
  • The shoots are then topped off with a sickle, corn-cutter or similar tool.

  • They carry three formidable knives in the shape of a sickle, and they have been known to kill a bear or tiger single-handed.

    Ten Years in India W.J.D. Gould
British Dictionary definitions for sickle


an implement for cutting grass, corn, etc, having a curved blade and a short handle
Word Origin
Old English sicol, from Latin sēcula; related to secāre to cut
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Word Origin and History for sickle

Old English sicol, probably a West Germanic borrowing (cf. Middle Dutch sickele, Dutch sikkel, Old High German sihhila, German Sichel) from Vulgar Latin *sicila, from Latin secula "sickle" (cf. Italian segolo "hatchet"), from PIE root *sek- "to cut" (see section (n.)). Applied to curved or crescent-shaped things from mid-15c. Sickle-cell anemia is first recorded 1922.

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sickle in Medicine

sickle sick·le (sĭk'əl)
v. sick·led, sick·ling, sick·les

  1. To cut with a sickle.

  2. To deform a red blood cell into an abnormal crescent shape.

  3. To assume an abnormal crescent shape. Used of red blood cells.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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