Definitions

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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an ax used by mountain climbers for cutting footholds in ice

Etymologies

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)

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