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  1. the cutting part of the moldboard of a plow; share.
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Origin of plowshare

First recorded in 1350–1400, plowshare is from the Middle English word plowghschare. See plow, share2
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Examples from the Web for plowshare

Historical Examples

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

    Sally Scott of the Waves

    Roy J. Snell

  • 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.

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