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an implement for cutting grain, grass, etc., consisting of a curved, hooklike blade mounted in a short handle.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. a group of stars in the constellation Leo, likened to this implement in formation.
an implement for cutting grass, corn, etc, having a curved blade and a short handle

sickle sick·le (sĭk’əl)
v. sick·led, sick·ling, sick·les

To cut with a sickle.

To deform a red blood cell into an abnormal crescent shape.

To assume an abnormal crescent shape. Used of red blood cells.

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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