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pick·axeor pick·ax (pĭk′ăks′)
A pick, especially with one end of the head pointed and the other end with a chisel edge for cutting through roots.
v. pick·axed, pick·ax·ing, pick·ax·es
To use a pickaxe.
To use a pickaxe on.
[Middle English picax, alteration (influenced by ax, axe) of picas, from Old French picois (from pic, pick) and from Medieval Latin pīcōsa, both probably from Latin pīcus, woodpecker.]
(Tools) a large pick or mattock
to use a pickaxe on (earth, rocks, etc)
[C15: from earlier pikois (but influenced also by axe), from Old French picois, from pic pick2; compare also pique1]
Past participle: pickaxed
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|Noun||1.||pickaxe - a heavy iron tool with a wooden handle and a curved head that is pointed on both ends; "they used picks and sledges to break the rocks"|
edge tool - any cutting tool with a sharp cutting edge (as a chisel or knife or plane or gouge)
mattock - a kind of pick that is used for digging; has a flat blade set at right angles to the handle