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hunting knife

a large, sharp knife, usually with a handle shaped to fit a firm grip and a blade with a slight curve toward the tip, that is used to skin and cut up game, or sometimes to dispatch it.
Origin of hunting knife
1795-1805, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He was armed with pistol, hunting knife, and small axe, so he did not fear an attack of one or even two Chilcats.

  • In fact, Simba was at the moment sharpening his hunting knife in preparation.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • My hunting knife, honed as fine as the edge of a microtome blade.

    Backlash Winston Marks
  • My hand slipped back and gripped the handle of my hunting knife.

    Wood Folk at School William J. Long
  • He leaped toward the nearest, and with his hunting knife commenced to hack it down.

    Marching on Niagara Edward Stratemeyer
  • As he went crashing through the tangled underbrush, he felt for his hunting knife.

    Hawk Eye David Cory
  • Buffalo flesh is cut with the hunting knife into convenient flakes and flat steaks or layers.

  • Each carried a long rifle, hunting knife, knapsack and blanket.

    George Washington Calista McCabe Courtenay
  • With his hunting knife, he sliced more iguana and, putting on his hat, lunged after Manuel.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
  • You can't shoot with bow and arrow, or stab with a hunting knife.

British Dictionary definitions for hunting knife

hunting knife

a knife used for flaying and cutting up game and sometimes for killing it
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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