a cleaving tool having a wedge-shaped blade, with a handle set at right angles to it.
Also, froe.

1615–25; earlier frower, perhaps noun use of froward in literal sense “turned away” Unabridged
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froe or frow (frəʊ)
a cutting tool with handle and blade at right angles, used for stripping young trees, etc
[C16: from frower, from froward (in the sense: turned away)]
frow or frow
[C16: from frower, from froward (in the sense: turned away)]

frow (frəʊ)
a variant spelling of froe

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Word Origin & History

"Dutchwoman," late 14c., from Du. vrow, cognate with Ger. Frau (see frau).
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Example sentences
The roof consisted of clapboards rived from bolts of green oak or ash with a frow and a mallet.
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