A comb for separating flax fibers.
tr.v. hatch·eled, hatch·el·ing, hatch·els also hatch·elled or hatch·el·ling
To separate (flax fibers) with a hatchel.
[Middle English hechel, possibly from Old English *hecel; akin to Middle Dutch hekel; see HECKLE.]
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