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pick·axeor pick·ax (pĭk′ăks′)
A pick, especially with one end of the head pointed and the other end with a chisel edge for cutting through roots.
v. pick·axed, pick·ax·ing, pick·ax·es
To use a pickaxe.
To use a pickaxe on.
[Middle English picax, alteration (influenced by ax, axe) of picas, from Old French picois (from pic, pick) and from Medieval Latin pīcōsa, both probably from Latin pīcus, woodpecker.]
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n., pl. -ax•es, n.
2. to use a pickax on.
[1275–1325; alter., by folk etym., of Middle English picois < Middle French, Old French; akin to French pic pick2]
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Past participle: pickaxed
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|Noun||1.||pickax - a heavy iron tool with a wooden handle and a curved head that is pointed on both ends; "they used picks and sledges to break the rocks"|
edge tool - any cutting tool with a sharp cutting edge (as a chisel or knife or plane or gouge)
mattock - a kind of pick that is used for digging; has a flat blade set at right angles to the handle
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