frow

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


Origin:
1615–25; earlier frower, perhaps noun use of froward in literal sense “turned away”

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froe or frow (frəʊ)
 
n
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
 
n
 
[C16: from frower, from froward (in the sense: turned away)]

frow (frəʊ)
 
n
a variant spelling of froe

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frow
"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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