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1. Any of the long, slender, often glossy feathers on the neck of a bird, especially a male fowl.
2. hackles The erectile hairs along the back of the neck of an animal, especially of a dog.
3. A feather, usually from the neck of a chicken, used in trimming a fishing fly.
tr.v. hack·led, hack·ling, hack·lesIdiom:
To trim (an artificial fishing fly) with a hackle.
get (one's) hackles up
To be extremely insulted or irritated.
[Middle English hakell, cloak, skin, plumage, possibly from Old English hacele, cloak, mantle.]
v. hack·led, hack·ling, hack·les
To chop roughly; mangle by hacking.
[Frequentative of hack.]
1. (Zoology) any of the long slender feathers on the necks of poultry and other birds
2. (Angling) angling
a. parts of an artificial fly made from hackle feathers, representing the legs and sometimes the wings of a real fly
b. short for hackle fly
3. (Military) a feathered ornament worn in the headdress of some British regiments
4. (Tools) a steel flax comb
(Tools) to comb (flax) using a hackle
[C15: hakell, probably from Old English; variant of heckle; see hatchel]
n., v. -led, -ling. n.
1. the neck plumage of a male bird, as the domestic rooster.
a. the erectile hair on the back of an animal's neck.
b. anger, esp. when aroused in a challenging or challenged manner: with one's hackles up.
a. the legs of an artificial fly made with feathers from the neck or saddle of a rooster or other such bird.
b. one of the feathers in such a fly.
4. a comb for dressing flax or hemp.v.t.
5. to comb, as flax or hemp.Idioms:
raise one's hackles, to arouse one's anger.
[1400–50; late Middle English hakell; see heckle]
v.t. -led, -ling.
to cut roughly; hack; mangle.
1. One of the long, slender, often glossy feathers on the neck of a bird, especially a rooster.
2. hackles The hairs along the back of the neck of an animal, especially a dog, that can stand out and bristle in displaying aggression or fear.
Past participle: hackled
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|Noun||1.||hackle - long slender feather on the necks of e.g. turkeys and pheasants|
feather, plumage, plume - the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
|Verb||1.||hackle - comb with a heckle; "heckle hemp or flax"|
comb - straighten with a comb; "comb your hair"
n (Orn) → lange Nackenfeder; (= plumage also) → Nackengefieder nt; (pl: of dog etc) → Fell nt → im Nacken; the dog’s hackles rose → dem Hund sträubte sich das Fell; his hackles rose at the very idea → bei dem bloßen Gedanken sträubte sich alles in ihm; to get somebody’s hackles up, to raise somebody’s hackles → jdn reizen, jdn auf die Palme bringen (inf)