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n. Chiefly British
A conical mound of hay.


(Agriculture) a small cone-shaped pile of hay left in the field until dry enough to carry to the rick or barn



a small conical pile of hay in a hayfield.


A small conical haystack, usually only three or four feet in diameter and six or so feet high. Such stacks were generally built to allow the hay to cure, after which it would be placed in larger stacks for storage. Things like peanut vines with the peanuts still attached might be stacked in cocks until the peanuts dried, after which the vines would be thrashed.
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Noun1.Haycock - a small cone-shaped pile of hay that has been left in the field until it is dry enough to carry to the hayrickhaycock - a small cone-shaped pile of hay that has been left in the field until it is dry enough to carry to the hayrick
hayrick, haystack, rick - a stack of hay


[ˈheɪkɒk] Nmontón m de heno


[ˈheɪˌkɒk] nmucchio di fieno
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