- a large, sharp knife, usually with a handle shaped to fit a firm grip and a blade with a slight curve toward the tip, that is used to skin and cut up game, or sometimes to dispatch it.
Origin of hunting knife
An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805
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Related Wordspistol, bomb, sword, gun, missile, cannon, rifle, machete, ammunition, firearm, knife, shotgun, revolver, catapult, dagger, spear, bayonet, ax, bludgeon, spike
Examples from the Web for hunting knife
He was about to kill me with Patsy's hunting-knife when—when—when I shot him.
Moreover, a show of resistance might mean the sudden plunge of a hunting-knife.The Fiery Totem
Finally he piled his arms on his table—two guns, two pistols, and a hunting-knife.Debts of Honor
It is hardly necessary to say that each carried his rifle and his hunting-knife.The Riflemen of the Miami
Edward S. Ellis
With my hunting-knife I at once put an end to its sufferings.In the Wilds of Florida
- a knife used for flaying and cutting up game and sometimes for killing it
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