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  1. rough or jagged, as if hacked: Some minerals break with a hackly fracture.
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Origin of hackly

First recorded in 1790–1800; hackle2 + -y1
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Historical Examples of hackly

  • It breaks with a rough, hackly fracture, is easily pulverised, and its powder is of a bright buff-yellow colour.

    Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II

    Arnold Cooley

  • It offers no indications of internal structure, but, on being separated by mechanical violence, exhibits a hackly fracture.