noun an edge tool for cutting grass or crops; has a curved blade and a short handle
reaping hook; reap hook.
, AS. sicol
; akin to D. sikkel
, G. sichel
, OHG. sihhila
, Dan. segel
, L. secula
, fr. secare
to cut; or perhaps from L. secula
. See Saw
a cutting instrument.
- A reaping instrument consisting of a steel blade curved into the form of a hook, and having a handle fitted on a tang. The sickle has one side of the blade notched, so as always to sharpen with a serrated edge. Cf. Reaping hook, under Reap.
When corn has once felt the sickle, it has no more benefit from the sunshine.
- (Astron.) A group of stars in the constellation Leo. See Illust. of Leo.
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