|1.||any of several kinds of long-handled hand implement equipped with a light blade and used to till the soil, eradicate weeds, etc|
|—vb , hoes, hoeing, hoed|
|2.||to dig, scrape, weed, or till (surface soil) with or as if with a hoe|
|[C14: via Old French houe from Germanic: compare Old High German houwā, houwan to |
"As to dancing, no Long-Island negro could shuffle you 'double trouble,' or 'hoe corn and dig potatoes' more scientifically." [Washington Irving, "Salmagundi," March 7, 1807]
see tough row to hoe.
one of the oldest tools of agriculture, a digging implement consisting of a blade set at right angles to a long handle. The blade of the modern hoe is metal and the handle of wood; earlier versions, including the picklike mattock, had stone or wooden blades; the digging stick, precursor of most modern agricultural handtools, was simply a sharpened branch sometimes weighted with a stone. Hoes have largely been replaced in agriculture by plows and harrows but are still commonly used in gardening and horticulture to loosen dirt and to chop weeds. The modern rotary hoe is a sophisticated tool that hoes many rows of a field simultaneously.
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