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[French, from French dialectal, diminutive of piola, small axe, from Old French *piola, from Old Provençal, diminutive of apcha, apia, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German happa, sickle.]


(Mountaineering) a type of ice axe
[C19: from French (Savoy) dialect piola axe]


(ˌpi əˈleɪ)

an ice ax used in mountaineering.
[1865–70; < French < Franco-Provençal; compare piolet, pioula, ders. of apia ax « Germanic]
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Noun1.piolet - an ax used by mountain climbers for cutting footholds in icepiolet - an ax used by mountain climbers for cutting footholds in ice
ax, axe - an edge tool with a heavy bladed head mounted across a handle


n (Mountaineering) → Eispickel m
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Arriving at Soldeu's recently renovated family-friendly four-star Hotel Park Piolets & Spa at night was magical.
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Arriving at the four-star Hotel Piolets Park & Spa it was easy to see why it is popular with families and couples.
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My family's home for a very comfortable week in Andorra was the four star Piolets Park & Spa, from a choice of accommodation on offer through Inghams.
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After a two-hour transfer from Toulouse, we arrived in the gorgeous resort of Soldeu and settled into the Hotel Piolets Park and Spa.