pickax

[pik-aks]
noun, plural pickaxes.
1.
a pick, especially a mattock.
verb (used with object), pickaxed, pickaxing.
2.
to cut or clear away with a pickax.
verb (used without object), pickaxed, pickaxing.
3.
to use a pickax.
Also, pickaxe.


Origin:
1275–1325; pick2 + ax; replacing Middle English picois < Middle French, Old French; akin to French pic pick2. See pique1

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pickaxe or (US) pickax (ˈpɪkˌæks)
 
n
1.  a large pick or mattock
 
vb
2.  to use a pickaxe on (earth, rocks, etc)
 
[C15: from earlier pikois (but influenced also by axe), from Old French picois, from picpick²; compare also pique1]
 
pickax or (US) pickax
 
n
 
vb
 
[C15: from earlier pikois (but influenced also by axe), from Old French picois, from picpick²; compare also pique1]

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Example sentences
Had to break the snow loose from the skis with a pickax handle while the prop
  was turning, and then jump into the airplane.
Sift it, break off the frozen top layer with a pickax, crush the larger pieces
  with a ram.
Using its beak as a pickax and claws to dig, this bird can create hollow
  chambers up to three feet in length.
The trophy on the right incorporates a pickax and spade.
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