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poleax

or pole路axe

[ pohl-aks ]
/ 藞po蕣l藢忙ks /
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noun, plural pole路ax路es [pohl-ak-siz]. /藞po蕣l藢忙k s瑟z/.
a medieval shafted weapon with blade combining ax, hammer, and apical spike, used for fighting on foot.
an ax, usually with a hammer opposite the cutting edge, used in stunning and slaughtering animals.
an ax with both a blade and a hook, formerly used in naval warfare to assist sailors in boarding vessels.
verb (used with object), pole路axed, pole路ax路ing.
to strike down or kill with or as if with a poleax.
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Origin of poleax

First recorded in 1300鈥50; Middle English pollax 鈥渂attle-ax,鈥 literally, 鈥渉ead-ax鈥 (see poll1, ax); akin to Middle Low German polexe
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How to use poleax in a sentence

  • He saw the ancient weapons on the wall鈥攖here was a great poleax.

    The Ghost Breaker|Charles Goddard
  • He considered a grate-bar from a heating furnace, and then he found the poleax, lying among a pile of wormeaten boards.

    Police Operation|H. Beam Piper
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