froe

noun
\ ˈfrō How to pronounce froe (audio) \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of froe

: a cleaving tool for splitting cask staves and shingles from the block

Examples of froe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This hatchet/machete lovechild is a beast for processing wood at camp (Buck's Froe is confusingly not shaped like a traditional froe, which is L-shaped, but they're used for the same purpose). Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "The Buck Knives Compadre is a Kindling-Making Machine," 17 Oct. 2019 Children will enjoy cutting a log with a two-man saw, cleaving shingles with a mallet and froe, competing in a seed spitting contest, making dolls and other activities. Daily News Staff, The Mercury News, "Peninsula Happenings, Friday, May 5: Kite Day, big art festival in Mountain View, environmentalist speech, Woodside Store Day, SamTrans art contest," 5 May 2017 Named for a New York industrial arts teacher who collected early American craft and industry tools, the trove includes everything from bark spuds and froes to twibills and wool wheel fingers. Suzanne Carmick, New York Times, "The Pastoral Isles of Lake Champlain," 6 June 2017

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First Known Use of froe

1574, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for froe

perhaps alteration of obsolete froward turned away, from Middle English; from the position of the handle

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“Froe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/froe. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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