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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. 2018.
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  • He picked up his draggled skirt, and drew a bowie knife from his boot.

  • 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
  • Madison sometimes had the bowie knife, and sometimes Ben had it.

  • Neither did he appear in public with a bowie knife down his bootleg.

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
  • Barry cut the rope with his bowie knife, and they rolled him over.

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

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  • He had lost prestige, and was coming to recover it with a bowie knife.

    The Book of the Bush George Dunderdale
  • The bowie knife was the British article bought in Liverpool.

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

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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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