1. An instrument used to level off grain or other material in a measure.
2. A foundry tool used to shape a mold in sand or loam.
3. A tool for sharpening scythes.
[Middle English strikelle, perhaps from Old English stricel, teat, strickle; see streig- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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