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coup de poing

[French kooduh pwan] /French kudə ˈpwɛ̃/
noun, plural coups de poing
[French kooduh pwan] /French kudə ˈpwɛ̃/ (Show IPA).
Archaeology
1.
(no longer in technical use) a Lower Paleolithic stone hand ax, pointed or ovate in shape and having sharp cutting edges.
Origin of coup de poing
1910-1915
1910-15; < French: literally, blow of the fist
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  • This implement, which serves the original idea of the coup de poing, develops into the round-pointed and lance-pointed forms.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • Pre-Chellean, prototypes of coup de poing; old 'lower gravels' (E. antiquus).

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • Capitan also holds that the coup de poing is not a single tool but is designed to meet many various needs.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • It is this grasping of the primitive tool by the hand to which the terms 'coup de poing,' 'Faustkeil,' and 'hand-axe' refer.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn

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