Definitions for "Hatchel"
Keywords:  flax, heckle, comb, coarse, teeth
An instrument with long iron teeth set in a board, for cleansing flax or hemp from the tow, hards, or coarse part; a kind of large comb; -- called also hackle and heckle.
To draw through the teeth of a hatchel, as flax or hemp, so as to separate the coarse and refuse parts from the fine, fibrous parts.
a comb for separating flax fibers
Keywords:  torment, tease, worry
To tease; to worry; to torment.