- a pick, especially a mattock.
- to cut or clear away with a pickax.
- to use a pickax.
Origin of pickax
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Examples from the Web for pickaxe
An artist in New Mexico has spent decades chiseling out fantastical caves from the mountains, one pickaxe swing at a time.New Mexico’s Amazing Man-Made Caves
December 12, 2013
“Many long years I have been waiting for you, my son,” answered the pickaxe.
Then he struck the giant such a blow on the head with a pickaxe that he killed him.Favorite Fairy Tales
He has a toy shovel and a pickaxe and a little axe that will cut.
Ned picked up the pickaxe and placing it in his knapsack, again went on.The Magic Soap Bubble
There was a pickaxe—perhaps the very one she had seen there in the winter—and a shovel.Ruth Fielding At College
Alice B. Emerson
- a large pick or mattock
- to use a pickaxe on (earth, rocks, etc)
C15: from earlier pikois (but influenced also by axe), from Old French picois, from pic pick ²; compare also pique 1
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Word Origin and History for pickaxe
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