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also broad·ax  (brôd′ăks′)
An axe with a wide flat head and a short handle.


or broad•axe


n., pl. -ax•es (-ˌæk sɪz)
an ax with a broad head.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English brādæx. See broad, ax]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.broadax - a large ax with a broad cutting blade
ax, axe - an edge tool with a heavy bladed head mounted across a handle
battle-ax, battle-axe - a broadax used as a weapon
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You can still see the cut marks made by the broadax and adzes, hand tools that required a strong back and would guarantee a healthy appetite, too.
If you don't believe it, take a broadax and try it.
This half-millennium offers a vantage point for Cuban environmental historian Reinaldo Funes Monzote's From Rainforest to Cane Field in Cuba (originally published in Spanish in 2004) to contemplate the fate of Cuba's forests, largely felled in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in much the same way the late Warren Dean's Brazilian eco-history Broadax and Firebrand surveyed the destruction of the Mata Atlantica since 1500, when Portuguese cut down a tree to build a cross signifying possession.
Reviewing the Deutsche Philharmonie concert at Mechanics Hall in 2005, Telegram & Gazette reviewer John Zeugner observed, "Conductor Theodore Kuchar has an arresting style, wielding his baton sometimes like a rapier, sometimes like a broadax with both hands gripping the wand; at crescendo moments he arched back then snapped his body forward as if to punch the massive chords out of his musicians.
Warren Dean, With Broadax and Firebrand: The Destruction of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest.
Massive 40-foot beams for the structure were hand-hewn from logs with a broadax.