See also: Sickle

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A sickle (smaller) and a scythe (larger)

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From Middle English sikel (also assibilated in sichel), from Old English sicol, siċel, from Proto-West Germanic *sikilu, itself borrowed from Latin sēcula (sickle) or sīcīlis (sickle). Cognate with Dutch sikkel, German Sichel. Remotely related with English scythe and saw.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈsɪkl̩/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪkəl
  • Hyphenation: sic‧kle

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sickle (plural sickles)

  1. (agriculture) An implement having a semicircular blade and short handle, used for cutting long grass and cereal crops.
  2. Any of the sickle-shaped middle feathers of the domestic cock.

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A micrograph of red blood cells of a person with sickle-cell disease, which causes some cells to assume abnormal, sickle-like crescent shapes

sickle (third-person singular simple present sickles, present participle sickling, simple past and past participle sickled)

  1. (agriculture, transitive) To cut with a sickle.
  2. (transitive) To deform (as with a red blood cell) into an abnormal crescent shape.
  3. (intransitive) Of red blood cells: to assume an abnormal crescent shape.

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sickle (comparative more sickle, superlative most sickle)

  1. Shaped like the blade of a sickle; crescent-shaped.
    a sickle moon

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