hand ax

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hand′ ax`

(or axe`),

a usu. large bifacial Paleolithic stone tool, often oval or pear-shaped in form and characteristic of certain Lower Paleolithic industries.
[before 1000]
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Noun1.hand ax - a stone tool with a cutting edgehand ax - a stone tool with a cutting edge; the stone is held in the hand and used for chopping
edge tool - any cutting tool with a sharp cutting edge (as a chisel or knife or plane or gouge)
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However, the value of a tool such as a hand ax is not in the rock itself, but in how it was selected and modified.