Definition of pattle in US English:

pattle

(also pettle)

noun

English Regional, Scottish, Northern
  • A tool like a small spade with a long handle, used chiefly to remove earth adhering to a plough; a plough-staff.

Origin

Late Middle English. Origin uncertain; perhaps a variant of paddle. Perhaps compare spattle.

Pronunciation

pattle

/ˈpat(ə)l/