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pickax

[pik-aks] /ˈpɪkˌæks/
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
1275-1325; pick2 + ax; replacing Middle English picois < Middle French, Old French; akin to French pic pick2. See pique1
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British Dictionary definitions for pickaxe

pickaxe

/ˈpɪkˌæks/
noun
1.
a large pick or mattock
verb
2.
to use a pickaxe on (earth, rocks, etc)
Word Origin
C15: from earlier pikois (but influenced also by axe), from Old French picois, from picpick²; compare also pique1
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Word Origin and History for pickaxe
n.

also pick-axe, early 15c., folk etymology alteration (by influence of axe) of Middle English picas (mid-13c.), via Anglo-French piceis, Old French pocois (11c.) and directly from Medieval Latin picosa "pick," related to Latin picus "woodpecker" (see pie (n.2)).

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