from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See ice ax.
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- n. An ice axe / ice ax.
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- n. an ax used by mountain climbers for cutting footholds in ice
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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French piolet, or its source, Franco-Provençal piolet ("small axe"). (Wiktionary)