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 (bo͞o′ē, bō′ē), James 1796-1836.
American-born Mexican colonist who joined the Texan forces during the struggle for independence from Mexico. He died during the defense of the Alamo.
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1. (Biography) David, real name David Jones. born 1947, British rock singer, songwriter, and film actor. His recordings include "Space Oddity" (1969), The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972), Heroes (1977), Let's Dance (1983), and Heathen (2002)
2. (Biography) James, known as Jim Bowie. 1796–1836, US frontiersman. A hero of the Texas Revolution against Mexico (1835–36), he died at the Battle of the Alamo
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(ˈboʊ i, ˈbu i)

James, 1799–1836, U.S. soldier and pioneer.
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Noun1.Bowie - United States pioneer and hero of the Texas revolt against Mexico; he shared command of the garrison that resisted the Mexican attack on the Alamo where he died (1796-1836)
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Contrast is a curious creature with teeth like tiny bowie knives. Alone in my Wisconsin kitchen I felt transparent with adolescent loneliness.
Previously, knives with blades longer than five-and-a-half inches, as well as Bowie knives and a few other types, could not be legally carried outside the home.
Axes, machetes, bowie knives, pen knives, diving knives and kitchen knives, along with a World War Two bayonet, were also amongst the knives and sharp objects handed in throughout both campaigns, which aimed to raise awareness of the devastating effects of knife-crime.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a forger who didn't have a bevy of Bowie knives under their belt.
Just as dangerous were the obvious low-tech toys we played with, like the good old fashioned catapult and Bowie knives with their leather eBay to see if I can find a pair of Spring Heeled Jacks.
Sitting down to carve into a big platter of pork and brisket, Ritter, the founder and chairman of Knife Rights Inc., laid out his arguments for restoring our right to carry switchblades, double-edged daggers, combat knives, bowie knives, stilettos, and cutlasses on any street in America.
Today, you'll find a wide selection of manufactured Bowie knives to choose from; the Rifleman's knife not so much although there are modern replicas of the Ames 1848 version out there.
The realities of war taught veterans to depend more on rifles and less on knives, and many Bowie knives were discarded as excess baggage.