froe definition by Webster's New World
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a cleaving tool with the handle set into the blade at right angles to the cutting edge
Origin: also frow (frower): uncertain or unknown; perhaps contr. of froward, in sense “handle turned away”
froe definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A cleaving tool having a heavy blade set at right angles to the handle.
Origin: Earlier frower, possibly from froward, turned away (of the handle).