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Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
an axlike mountain-climbing tool having a pick and an adz at opposite ends of the head, and a spike at the bottom of the handle
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nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A pickax having a sharp point or spike at the bottom of the handle, used by mountaineers for climbing on ice. Also called piolet.