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[bil-hoo k] /ˈbɪlˌhʊk/
bill3 (def 3).
Origin of billhook
First recorded in 1605-15; bill3 + hook1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Looking up, billhook in hand as a horseman struck sparks from the ride by the walk, he recognized Philip Taverney.

    The Mesmerist's Victim Alexandre Dumas
  • Keep them to yourself, or, by George, we'll take 'em off with a billhook!

    Chronicles of Martin Hewitt Arthur Morrison
  • He came slowly down the ladder and, surrendering his billhook to Joseph, advanced and proffered a tremulous white hand.

    Aunt Rachel David Christie Murray
  • That and a billhook stuck in his belt were his only weapons.

    King Olaf's Kinsman Charles Whistler
  • He was, it seemed, a “hedger and ditcher,” and his leathern gauntlets and billhook lay beside him on the ale-house bench.

    The Brighton Road Charles G. Harper
  • They attach to their waist-string or cloth a billhook and knife, and carry their bows and arrows slung on their shoulders.

  • Mr billhook had taken the telescope and was narrowly examining the stranger.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • Here he took the billhook and the saw from his assistant, and strode on, swinging one of the tools in each hand.

    Aunt Rachel David Christie Murray
  • “Well, then, let us go and look after some others,” exclaimed Mr billhook.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • "Set up the ladder here, Joseph," he said, pointing with the billhook to indicate the place.

    Aunt Rachel David Christie Murray
British Dictionary definitions for billhook


a cutting tool with a wooden handle and a curved blade terminating in a hook at its tip, used for pruning, chopping, etc Also called bill
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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