from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of mattock, or ax; esp., a tool like a pickax, but having, instead of the points, flat terminations, one of which is parallel to the handle, the other perpendicular to it.
  • n. A tool for making mortises.
  • n. A reaping hook.


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  • "Myers had brought a small but useful selection of tools... a barking ax and another felling ax, a plowshare for the spring planting, augers, planes and chisels, a small grass scythe, two hammers and a handsaw, a peculiar thing called a 'twibil' that Jamie said was for cutting mortises, a 'drawknife'.... and a froe for splitting shingles."

    —Diana Gabaldon, Drums of Autumn (NY: Dell, 1997), 380-381

    January 19, 2010