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flail

[flāl]
(agriculture)
A manual device for threshing consisting of a long wooden handle with a free-swinging stick attached to the end.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Flail

 

a primitive agricultural implement for threshing grain, consisting of a wooden handle up to 2 m long and a short (up to 0.8 m) beater connected by a rawhide strap.

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flail

A device for breaking or crushing material by means of one or more hammers which are hinged or pivoted about a rotating axle.
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