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bowie knife

[boh-ee, boo-ee] /ˈboʊ i, ˈbu i/
a heavy sheath knife having a long, single-edged blade.
Origin of bowie knife
1830-40, Americanism; named after James Bowie, for whom the knife was designed, either by James or his brother Rezin P. Bowie (1793-1841) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • His bowie knife had fallen a short distance away, as if he had thrown it.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • Raoul shifted his rifle to his left hand and pulled out his bowie knife.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • Philip cut his bread and beef with his bowie knife as long as it lasted.

    The Book of the Bush George Dunderdale
  • Neither did he appear in public with a bowie knife down his bootleg.

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
  • Flinders severed the cord with his bowie knife, unwound it, and set his friend free.

    Twice Bought R.M. Ballantyne
  • Barry cut the rope with his bowie knife, and they rolled him over.

    Gold Stewart White
  • The last weapon every man should have in his belt, with a hunter's or a bowie knife.

  • On the stone beside him was Dirk, the Hottentot, sharpening a bowie knife.

    Dream Life and Real Life Olive Schreiner
  • By the sharp logic of the revolver and bowie knife, the people of Missouri became the people of Kansas.

    John Brown, Soldier of Fortune Hill Peebles Wilson
  • Suddenly the lights were put out, he was beaten and tied to a bench, and Bishop Snow himself castrated him with a bowie knife.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
British Dictionary definitions for bowie knife

bowie knife

a stout hunting knife with a short hilt and a guard for the hand
Word Origin
C19: named after Jim Bowie, who popularized it
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bowie knife

1827, named for its inventor, U.S. fighter and frontiersman Col. James "Jim" Bowie (1799-1836), and properly pronounced "boo-ee."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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