the cutting part of the moldboard of a plow; share.

Origin of plowshare

First recorded in 1350–1400, plowshare is from the Middle English word plowghschare. See plow, share2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for plowshare

Historical Examples of plowshare

  • Then, rising to the surface, it thrust out a fin like a plowshare.

  • But pry open the hungry mouth with the plowshare, and the earth will drink greedily.

    Buffalo Land

    W. E. Webb

  • Utah is the hardest soil into which the Methodist plowshare was ever set.

    Trail Tales

    James David Gillilan

  • The sword shall be beaten to a plowshare and the spear to a pruning-hook.

    The High Heart

    Basil King

  • All his farming had been done with calloused hands on the plowshare.


    Charles Neville Buck

Word Origin and History for plowshare

late 14c., from plow + share (n.2). To beat swords into plowshares is from Isaiah ii:4.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper