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