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or broadaxe

[brawd-aks] /ˈbrɔdˌæks/
noun, plural broadaxes
[brawd-ak-siz] /ˈbrɔdˌæk sɪz/ (Show IPA)
an ax for hewing timber.
an ax with a broad head, used as a battle-ax.
Origin of broadax
before 1000; Middle English brodax, Old English brādæx. See broad, ax Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Our floor was of maple split with wedges and hewed out with a broadax.

  • We had a broadax and we drove it into a block of wood and used it for an anvil.

    Then and Now Robert Vaughn
  • Our table was made of puncheons split with a wedge and hewed with a broadax.

  • The joists above and below were made of logs, the upper ones squared with a broadax.

    History of Linn County Iowa Luther A. Brewer
  • A broadax was, you know, twelve or fourteen inches wide and the handle was curved a little.

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