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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.

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Origin of pickax

1275–1325; pick2 + ax; replacing Middle English picois<Middle French, Old French; akin to French picpick2. See pique1
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