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bowie knife

[boh-ee, boo-ee] /ˈboʊ i, ˈbu i/
a heavy sheath knife having a long, single-edged blade.
Origin of bowie knife
1830-40, Americanism; named after James Bowie, for whom the knife was designed, either by James or his brother Rezin P. Bowie (1793-1841) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Each carries a bowie-knife and a revolving pistol—some two—and none are without a rifle.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • That blaze which was done to muddle you was cut with an axe; this which I made was done with a bowie-knife.

  • She sent forth hordes to mob printing-presses, overawe the ballot-box, substitute the bowie-knife and revolver for the civil law.

    The Secret Service. Albert D. Richardson
  • He seizes him by the neck an' rips him to pieces wi' his bowie-knife.

    Murder Point Coningsby Dawson
  • He brandisheth a bowie-knife but yieldeth to six solid arguments.

    Village Life in America 1852-1872 Caroline Cowles Richards
  • He drew his bowie-knife and brandished it as high as his arm could reach.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • They felt the literal edge of the bowie-knife thus from the pulpit unsheathed for their destruction.

  • His own bowie-knife was in his hand now, and he stabbed the foremost 286 through the throat.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • Now, the knife in the lad's black leather belt was not at all unlike a bowie-knife, and not in the least less formidable.

    Lord Montagu's Page G. P. R. James
  • You leave him to me and I put six inches of bowie-knife in him, for suah.

    Jack Harkaway in New York Bracebridge Hemyng
British Dictionary definitions for bowie-knife

bowie knife

a stout hunting knife with a short hilt and a guard for the hand
Word Origin
C19: named after Jim Bowie, who popularized it
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bowie-knife

bowie knife

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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