Origin of sax1
a short, single-edged sword of ancient Scandinavia.
Origin of sax2
before 900; Middle English sexe, Old English seax, sæx; cognate with Old Norse sax (Swedish, Danish sax scissors). See saw1
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Examples from the Web for saxes
Historical Examples of saxes
I saw that he had hanging to him two Roman saxes, so I deemed he had slain those two, and so escaped the Romans.The House of the Wolfings
Hermann Maurice (ɛrman mɔris), comte de Saxe. 1696–1750, French marshal born in Saxony: he distinguished himself in the War of the Austrian Succession (1740–48)
a tool resembling a small axe, used for cutting roofing slate
Word Origin for sax
Old English seax knife; related to Old Saxon sahs, Old Norse sax
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1923, colloquial shortening of saxophone.
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