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bow·ie knife

 (bō′ē, bo͞o′ē)
n.
A single-edged steel hunting knife, about 15 inches (38 centimeters) in length, having a hilt and a crosspiece.

[After James Bowie.]

bowie knife

(ˈbəʊɪ)
n
(Tools) a stout hunting knife with a short hilt and a guard for the hand
[C19: named after Jim Bowie, who popularized it]

bow′ie knife`

(ˈboʊ i, ˈbu i)
n.
a heavy sheath knife having a long, single-edged blade.
[1830–40, Amer.; after James Bowie]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bowie knife - a stout hunting knife with a single edgeBowie knife - a stout hunting knife with a single edge
knife - edge tool used as a cutting instrument; has a pointed blade with a sharp edge and a handle
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replied Tom Hunter, whittling with his bowie-knife the arms of his easy chair; "but if that be the case there, all that is left for us is to plant tobacco and distill whale-oil.
San Francisco was no longer the legendary city of 1849--a city of banditti, assassins, and incendiaries, who had flocked hither in crowds in pursuit of plunder; a paradise of outlaws, where they gambled with gold-dust, a revolver in one hand and a bowie-knife in the other: it was now a great commercial emporium.
Americans he had always understood were the citizens of a great and powerful nation, dry and humorous in their manner, addicted to the use of the bowie-knife and revolver, and in the habit of talking through the nose like Norfolkshire, and saying "allow" and "reckon" and "calculate," after the manner of the people who live on the New Forest side of Hampshire.