bowie knives

bowie knife

[boh-ee, boo-ee]
noun
a heavy sheath knife having a long, single-edged blade.

Origin:
1830–40, Americanism; named after James Bowie, for whom the knife was designed, either by James or his brother Rezin P. Bowie (1793–1841)

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bowie knife (ˈbəʊɪ)
 
n
a stout hunting knife with a short hilt and a guard for the hand
 
[C19: named after Jim Bowie, who popularized it]

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bowie knife
1827, named for its inventor, U.S. fighter and frontiersman Col. James "Jim" Bowie (1799-1836), and properly pronounced "boo-ee."
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