an ice ax used in mountaineering.

Origin of piolet

1865–70; < French < Franco-Provençal; compare piolet, pioula, derivatives of apia ax ≪ Germanic; see hatchet
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British Dictionary definitions for piolet



a type of ice axe

Word Origin for piolet

C19: from French (Savoy) dialect piola axe
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Word Origin and History for piolet

1868, from Savoy French piolet "climber's ice-axe" (19c.), diminutive of piolo "axe," perhaps from Medieval Latin piola "plane, scraper."

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