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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sickle  \Sic"kle\,  n.  [OE.  sikel,  AS  sicol;  akin  to  D.  sikkel 
  G.  sichel,  OHG.  sihhila  Dan.  segel,  segl,  L.  secula,  fr 
  secare  to  cut;  or  perhaps  from  L.  secula.  See  {Saw}  a  cutting 
  1.  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.  --Shak. 
  2.  (Astron.)  A  group  of  stars  in  the  constellation  Leo.  See 
  Illust.  of  {Leo}. 
  {Sickle  pod}  (Bot.),  a  kind  of  rock  cress  ({Arabis 
  Canadensis})  having  very  long  curved  pods. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  an  implement  for  cutting  grass  or  crops;  has  a  curved  blade 
  and  a  short  handle  [syn:  {reaping  hook},  {reap  hook}] 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  of  the  Egyptians  resembled  that  in  modern  use  The  ears  of  corn 
  were  cut  with  it  near  the  top  of  the  straw.  There  was  also  a 
  sickle  used  for  warlike  purposes,  more  correctly,  however, 
  called  a  pruning-hook  (Deut.  16:9;  Jer.  50:16,  marg.,  "scythe;" 
  Joel  3:13;  Mark  4:29). 

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