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froealso frow (frō)
A cleaving tool having a heavy blade set at right angles to the handle.
[Earlier frower, possibly from froward, turned away (of the handle).]
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(Tools) a cutting tool with handle and blade at right angles, used for stripping young trees, etc
[C16: from frower, from froward (in the sense: turned away)]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
a cleaving tool having a wedge-shaped blade, with a handle set at right angles to it.
[1615–25; earlier frower]
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A steel blade a few inches long with a handle perpendicular to the blade. The froe was used for splitting thin sections from a log for use as shingles or planking.
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