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sickle

[sik-uh l]
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noun
  1. an implement for cutting grain, grass, etc., consisting of a curved, hooklike blade mounted in a short handle.
  2. (initial capital letter) Astronomy. a group of stars in the constellation Leo, likened to this implement in formation.
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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
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  • The American pioneers had only a sickle or a scythe with which to cut their grain.

    The Age of Invention

    Holland Thompson

  • From behind the hills peeped the edge of the moon—a sickle of burnished copper.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • The shoots are then topped off with a sickle, corn-cutter or similar tool.

  • The wheat was ripe for the sickle, but there was not a man or boy to (p. 021)cut it.

    Charles Carleton Coffin

    William Elliot Griffis, D. D.

  • The scythe, the sickle, and the flail were the same as their forbears had used for centuries.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson


British Dictionary definitions for sickle

sickle

noun
  1. an implement for cutting grass, corn, etc, having a curved blade and a short handle
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Word Origin

Old English sicol, from Latin sēcula; related to secāre to cut
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Word Origin and History for sickle

n.

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

(sĭkəl)
v.
  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.
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