pick·axe or pick·ax (pĭkăks′)
A pick, especially with one end of the head pointed and the other end with a chisel edge for cutting through roots.
v. pick·axed, pick·ax·ing, pick·ax·es
To use a pickaxe.
To use a pickaxe on.
[Middle English picax, alteration (influenced by ax, axe) of picas, from Old French picois (from pic, pick) and from Medieval Latin pīcōsa, both probably from Latin pīcus, woodpecker.]
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