a steel knife about fifteen inches long, with a single edge, usually carried in a sheath, used originally by American frontiersmen as a weapon
Origin of bowie knifeafter Colossians James Bowie (1799?-1836) or uncertain or unknown; perhaps his brother, Rezin, United States frontiersmen
A single-edged steel hunting knife, about 15 inches (38 centimeters) in length, having a hilt and a crosspiece.
Origin of bowie knifeAfterJames Bowie
(plural Bowie knives)
- A large sheath knife.
James "Jim" Bowie (1796-1836), American pioneer and soldier who famously used such a knife as a weapon in a duel.