Definition of hackle:

part of speech: noun

A board set with iron teeth used for separating the finer parts of hemp and flax from the coarser; a large sort of comb.

part of speech: verb

To dress flax with a hackle; to tear asunder.

part of speech: noun

An iron- spiked comb or machine for dressing flax, raw silk, or any flimsy substance; a fly for angling, dressed with feathers or silk.

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