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froealso frow (frō)
A cleaving tool having a heavy blade set at right angles to the handle.
[Earlier frower, possibly from froward, turned away (of the handle).]
(Tools) a cutting tool with handle and blade at right angles, used for stripping young trees, etc
[C16: from frower, from froward (in the sense: turned away)]
a cleaving tool having a wedge-shaped blade, with a handle set at right angles to it.
[1615–25; earlier frower]
A steel blade a few inches long with a handle perpendicular to the blade. The froe was used for splitting thin sections from a log for use as shingles or planking.