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adz

or adze

[adz] /ædz/
noun
1.
an axlike tool, for dressing timbers roughly, with a curved, chisellike steel head mounted at a right angle to the wooden handle.
verb (used with object)
2.
to dress or shape (wood) with an adz.
Origin of adz
900
before 900; Middle English ad(e)se, Old English adesa; *ad-es-, of obscure origin, appears to be formed like ax, and might by association with the latter have lost *w-; if so, < Germanic *wad-, cognate with Lithuanian vedegà adz
Can be confused
adds, ads, adz.
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