sickle

[ sik-uh l ]
/ ˈsɪk əl /

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for sickle

sickle
/ (ˈsɪkəl) /

noun

an implement for cutting grass, corn, etc, having a curved blade and a short handle

Word Origin for sickle

Old English sicol, from Latin sēcula; related to secāre to cut
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Medicine definitions for sickle

sickle
[ sĭkəl ]

v.

To cut with a sickle.
To deform a red blood cell into an abnormal crescent shape.
To assume an abnormal crescent shape. Used of red blood cells.
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