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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. 2018.
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  • I say, Buck,” he said, “it will be a case of spade and shovel and billhook to-morrow.

    Dead Man's Land George Manville Fenn
  • “I believe that the pirate has taken the merchantman,” replied Mr billhook.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • Mr billhook had taken the telescope and was narrowly examining the stranger.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • “Well, then, let us go and look after some others,” exclaimed Mr billhook.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • Keep them to yourself, or, by George, we'll take 'em off with a billhook!

    Chronicles of Martin Hewitt Arthur Morrison
  • 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
  • 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
  • They attach to their waist-string or cloth a billhook and knife, and carry their bows and arrows slung on their shoulders.

  • 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
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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