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froe

[froh] /froʊ/
noun
1.
frow.

frow

or froe

[froh] /froʊ/
noun
1.
a cleaving tool having a wedge-shaped blade, with a handle set at right angles to it.
Origin of frow
1615-1625
1615-25; earlier frower, perhaps noun use of froward in literal sense “turned away”
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  • In the fall of the year the trees are dropped, and in a rough way each handle is shaped by a tool they call a froe.

  • Perhaps the most striking features of the froe Islands are their sea-cliffs.

    James Geikie Marion I. Newbigin
  • The trees are chopped in the fall, and then by means of a "froe" and axe each handle is roughly blocked out.

  • A couple of years later they paid a visit together, an enjoyable and profitable one, to the froe Islands.

    James Geikie Marion I. Newbigin
  • These are four feet in length, split with a froe six or eight inches wide, and half an inch thick.

  • The trees are chopped in the fall, and then by means of a ‘froe’ and an axe, each handle is shaped out in a rough state.

  • The froe is held by the handle with the left hand and hammered on the top with a mallet held in the right hand.

British Dictionary definitions for froe

froe

/frəʊ/
noun
1.
a cutting tool with handle and blade at right angles, used for stripping young trees, etc
Word Origin
C16: from frower, from froward (in the sense: turned away)

frow

/frəʊ/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of froe
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Word Origin and History for froe

frow

n.

"Dutchwoman," late 14c., from Middle Dutch vrouwe (Dutch vrow), cognate with German Frau (see frau).

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