/ (ˈpɪkˌæks) /
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a large pick or mattock
to use a pickaxe on (earth, rocks, etc)
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Word Origin for pickaxe
C15: from earlier pikois (but influenced also by axe), from Old French picois, from pic pick ²; compare also pique 1
Words nearby pickaxe
pick apart, pick a quarrel, pickaroon, pick at, pickax, pickaxe, picked, picked over, pickeer, Pickens, picker
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How to use pickaxe in a sentence
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|Nina Strochlic|December 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The mention of “dig” is as likely to make us think of pickaxe as of spade.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
This light apparently disturbed the thieves, for they departed with their burden and the pickaxe and retraced their steps.
These evidently had not assisted the gang to any great extent, as they found it necessary to use a heavy pickaxe.
Tha oftin go to sleep standing, and sum times pitch over, and when tha dew, tha enter the ground like a pickaxe.Josh Billings, Hiz Sayings|Henry Wheeler Shaw
The accompanying engraving is a representation of the old sexton, with his spade, pickaxe, and other emblems of office.The New Guide to Peterborough Cathedral|George S. Phillips