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[pik-aks] /ˈpɪkˌæks/

noun, plural pickaxes.
a pick, especially a mattock.
verb (used with object), pickaxed, pickaxing.
to cut or clear away with a pickax.
verb (used without object), pickaxed, pickaxing.
to use a pickax.
a large pick or mattock
to use a pickaxe on (earth, rocks, etc)

also pick-axe, early 15c., folk etymology alteration (by influence of axe) of Middle English picas (mid-13c.), via Anglo-French piceis, Old French pocois (11c.) and directly from Medieval Latin picosa “pick,” related to Latin picus “woodpecker” (see pie (n.2)).


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