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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.]
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(Mountaineering) a type of ice axe
[C19: from French (Savoy) dialect piola axe]
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(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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
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n (Mountaineering) → Eispickel m
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If I do I am pretty confident I can take it." Piolet has headed into the 2009 campaign having made a good impression during Warwickshire's pre-season visit to South Africa, where his performances suggested to the coaches that he was closer to first-team contention than they thought.
STEFFAN Piolet insists Warwickshire are ready to rise to the occasion in their make-or-break T20 with Somerset at Edgbaston tonight - and overcome opponents who stuffed them by ten wickets only nine days ago.
Lyth was first to his 50, off 82 balls, with seven fours, before taking consecutive boundaries off Steffan Piolet to move Yorkshire into three figures.
Captain Jamie Dalrymple (63) had led Glamorgan's 148 for seven, after Rikki Clarke (2-31) and Jeetan Patel (2-31) had done the vast amount of damage backed up by the disciplined Keith Barker (1-17) and Steffan Piolet (1-19).
They were decisively shackled in midinnings by Steffan Piolet and the ever-impressive Jeetan Patel (in nine T20s this season the most the Kiwi has conceded is 27).
Young Steffan Piolet produced another encouraging display by leaking only 17 runs from three overs, a mere eight from his first two, including one wicket, as well as bagging two catches.
Knowle and Dorridge will be missing county players Stef Piolet and Richard Johnson.
Bowling: Javid 4-0-25-0; Clarke 1-0-14-0; Patel 4-0-27-0; Wright 4-0-26-1; Woakes 3-0-15-1; Piolet 1-0-13-0; Evans 0.4-0-10-0.
The visitorswere on78 for two at their halfway mark having lost Harvey ( 6), caught Stefan Piolet bowled Carter, and Riki Wessels ( 28), caught Ant Botha bowled Piolet.
BERKSWELL bounced back from last week's pummelling by Warwickshire's Stefan Piolet with a slender tenrun success over defending champions Walsall.
Berkswell's hopes of making Premier Division progress were shattered when Warwickshire's Steffan Piolet condemned them to a ninewicket derby defeat at Knowle & Dorridge.
Warwickshire included three Twenty20 debutantes - all-rounders Steffan Piolet and Keith Barker, two plus points from this season's failed Friends Provident Trophy campaign, and young wicketkeeper Richard Johnson.