[ pee-uh-ley ]
/ ˌpi əˈleɪ /
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
/ (pjəʊˈleɪ) /
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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