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.

    The Great White Tribe in Filipinia

  • 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 Bontoc Igorot

  • The most spectacular dance is that of the man who dances in the circle brandishing a head-ax.

    The Bontoc Igorot


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