Pickax Pick"ax`, Pickaxe Pick"axe` (p[i^]k"[a^]ks`), n. [A corruption of OE. pikois, pikeis, F. picois, fr. pic. See {Pick}, n.] A pick with a point at one end, a transverse edge or blade at the other, and a handle inserted at the middle; a hammer with a flattened end for driving wedges and a pointed end for piercing as it strikes. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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  • pickaxe — 1. noun /ˈpɪkˌæks/ A heavy iron tool with a wooden handle; one end of the head is pointed, the other has a chisel edge. 2 …   Wiktionary

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