pick·​ax | \ ˈpik-ˌaks How to pronounce pickax (audio) \
variants: or pickaxe

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Recent Examples on the Web On a recent muggy afternoon in southern India, Earappa Bawge hacked at the ground with a pickax, his white shirt pasted to his back. Washington Post, "In India, engineers and MBAs are turning to manual labor to survive the economic crash," 23 Sep. 2020 One protester repeatedly swung a pickax at the base of the statue. CBS News, "Protester shot during efforts to topple conquistador statue in Albuquerque," 16 June 2020 Vandals have gone to town on Trump's star on myriad occasions, most notably with a sledgehammer and a pickax -- acts of outrage that have resulted in felony vandalism convictions. Robert Kuznia, CNN, "How many stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame belong on the walk of shame?," 24 Jan. 2020 For those who were able to log in and tune in, including some YouTubers, the video game brought elements of Star Wars into its fantasy world of pickaxes and survival of the fittest shooting. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Fortnite reveals exclusive Star Wars trailer in game, but some users can't log in," 14 Dec. 2019 In the video, Casey, Al Barr, James Lynch, Tim Brennan and Jeff DaRosa take to a house with sledgehammers, baseball bats and pickaxes before Casey jumps behind the controls of a backhoe and rips the place down. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Dropkick Murphys Bring Down the House in New 'Smash Sh*t Up' Video," 31 Jan. 2020 An Iranian national armed with a pair of knives, a machete, and a pickax was detained Friday by police about four miles from President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "Armed Iranian national detained near Mar-a-Lago," 10 Jan. 2020 But Nicholas' uncle missed the funeral and, instead, got a pickax and broke the stone's hold on the ground in time for the interment. cincinnati.com, "Hidden in plain sight," 5 Dec. 2019 The Wall was actually breached by exultant Berliners who chipped away at the wall with pickaxes, demolishing parts of it in the process. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "Iconic photos from the night the Berlin Wall fell 30 years ago," 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of pickax

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pickax

Middle English pecaxe, alteration of pikois, from Anglo-French picois, from pic pick, from Latin picus woodpecker — more at pie

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“Pickax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pickax. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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