from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In whaling, an ax used for decapitating a whale, when cutting in.
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The head-ax is a long blade turned at just the proper angle to decapitate the victim scientifically.
From it he took a two-quart olla containing water, a small wooden bowl of cooked rice, a bottle of native cane sugar, and a head-ax.
The most spectacular dance is that of the man who dances in the circle brandishing a head-ax.