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Definition of "hackle" [hac•kle]

  • Any of the long, slender, often glossy feathers on the neck of a bird, especially a male domestic fowl. (noun)
  • The erectile hairs along the back of the neck of an animal, especially of a dog. (noun)
  • A tuft of cock feathers trimming an artificial fishing fly. (noun)
  • A hackle fly. (noun)
  • To trim (an artificial fishing fly) with a hackle. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hackle" in a sentence
  • "Making a generalized statement, the soft hackle is the most effective fly I have ever used in rivers for trout."
  • "The hen hackle is not tied on but attached to the collar by a shrink process."
  • "After the bark had become loosened, it was taken to a "break" which broke up the stems so that the bark, or fiber could be easily separated from the broken stems by drawing it repeatedly through the "hackle" -- a board with a great number of sharp spikes driven through it."