One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for hackle (sense 3 of the noun)
- ‘The crude fibers are combed with hatchels to yield the long spinnable fibers, the short fibers (pluckings or tow) remaining between in the steel teeth of the comb.’
- ‘In this issue we will learn about that often overlooked tool used in flax processing, the hackle, also called a hatchel or a hetchel.’
- ‘After opening the small cover, you will see two trails, right side and left side, where the hatchels shall be fixed, being toothed or straights.’
- ‘One of these books contained illustrations of a hatchel and described how it was used.’
- ‘In addition to collecting and using my antique spinning wheels and weaving looms, I also have a collection of antique flax hetchels (also known as hatchels).’
- another term for hackle
- ‘Flax was raised, and after grandfather had broken, swingled and hatchelled it, grandmother spun it into thread, which sold for $1.50 per pound.’
- ‘She caught rain water from eaves in a wooden trough; she washed, picked, carded and dyed the wool; pulled, broke, hatchelled, and bleached the hemp; spun the thread, and wove the cloth; designed the style, cut and made the garments.’
- ‘Instead of sowing five pecks to the acre, sow five or more bushels, and you will raise flax as soft as silk; from such flax fibres can be hatcheled as fine as spinster's webs.’
- ‘They then scutched and hatcheled which was mainly to get off the shaff. Then they spun the inner part of the flax on a flax wheel.’
- ‘After the flax had been hatcheled, it was in the form of short, broken fibers called tow.’
Middle English hechele, of West Germanic origin, related to hook.
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