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Hoe

[hoh] /hoʊ/
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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British Dictionary definitions for ritchie hoe

hoe

/həʊ/
noun
1.
any of several kinds of long-handled hand implement equipped with a light blade and used to till the soil, eradicate weeds, etc
verb hoes, hoeing, hoed
2.
to dig, scrape, weed, or till (surface soil) with or as if with a hoe
Derived Forms
hoer, noun
hoelike, adjective
Word Origin
C14: via Old French houe from Germanic: compare Old High German houwā, houwan to hew, German Haue hoe
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Word Origin and History for ritchie hoe

hoe

n.

mid-14c., from Old French houe (12c.), from Frankish *hauwa, from Proto-Germanic *hawwan (cf. Old High German houwa "hoe, mattock, pick-axe," German Haue), from PIE *kau- "to hew, strike" (see hew). The verb is first recorded early 15c. Related: Hoed; hoeing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for ritchie hoe

hoe

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a hard row to hoe


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Idioms and Phrases with ritchie hoe

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Encyclopedia Article for ritchie hoe

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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