pickax

or pick·axe

[ pik-aks ]
/ ˈpɪkˌæks /
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noun, plural pick·ax·es.

a pick, especially a mattock.

verb (used with object), pick·axed, pick·ax·ing.

to cut or clear away with a pickax.

verb (used without object), pick·axed, pick·ax·ing.

to use a pickax.

Nearby words

  1. pickaback,
  2. pickaback plane,
  3. pickaback plant,
  4. pickaninny,
  5. pickaroon,
  6. pickaxe,
  7. picked,
  8. picked over,
  9. pickeer,
  10. pickelhaube

Origin of pickax

1275–1325; pick2 + ax; replacing Middle English picois < Middle French, Old French; akin to French pic pick2. See pique1

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