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frow

[froh] /froʊ/
noun
1.
a cleaving tool having a wedge-shaped blade, with a handle set at right angles to it.
Also, froe.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; earlier frower, perhaps noun use of froward in literal sense “turned away”
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Examples for frow
  • The roof consisted of clapboards rived from bolts of green oak or ash with a frow and a mallet.
British Dictionary definitions for frow

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 frow
n.

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

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