Bowie-knife meaning

bō'ē, bo͝o'ē
A single-edged steel hunting knife, about 15 inches (38 centimeters) in length, having a hilt and a crosspiece.
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A steel knife about fifteen inches long, with a single edge, usually carried in a sheath, used originally by American frontiersmen as a weapon.
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A large sheath knife.
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Origin of bowie-knife

  • After James Bowie
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • James "Jim" Bowie (1796-1836), American pioneer and soldier who famously used such a knife as a weapon in a duel.
    From Wiktionary