AXE (O. Eng. aex; a word common, in different forms, in
the Teutonic languages, and akin to the Greek ἀξίνη; the New English Dictionary
prefers the spelling "ax"), a tool or weapon, taking various shapes, but,
when not compounded with some distinguishing word (e.g. in
"pick-axe"), generally formed [v.03 p.0068]by an edged head fixed upon a
handle for striking. A "hatchet" is a small sort of axe.
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