hand ax

noun
|Updated on: 1 Jul 2018

Definition of hand ax

1 : a short-handled ax intended for use with one hand
2 : a prehistoric stone tool having one end pointed for cutting and the other end rounded for holding in the hand

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First Known Use of hand ax

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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