r. hoe

Hoe

[hoh]
noun
1.
Richard, 1812–86, U.S. inventor and manufacturer of printing-press equipment.
2.
his father, Robert, 1784–1833, U.S. manufacturer of printing presses.
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hoe (həʊ)
 
n
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 hew, German Haue hoe]
 
'hoer
 
n
 
'hoelike
 
adj

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hoe
1363, from O.Fr. houe (12c.), from Frank. *hauwa (cf. O.H.G. houwa "hoe, mattock, pick-axe"), related to O.E. heawan "to cut" (see hew). The verb is first recorded c.1430. Hoe-cake, 1745, Amer.Eng., was said originally to have been baked on the broad thin blade of a cotton-field
hoe. Hoedown "noisy dance" first recorded 1841, probably from perceived parallel of dance motions to those of farm chores.
"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]
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