ice ax

noun

Definition of ice ax

:a combination pick and adze with a spiked handle that is used in mountain climbing

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First Known Use of ice ax

circa 1800


ICE AX Defined for English Language Learners

ice ax

noun

Definition of ice ax for English Language Learners

  • : a cutting tool that is used in mountain climbing


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