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

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Examples of pickax in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pickax may be outdoors, but a formal gap still separates artifact from audience. New York Times, 9 June 2022 Authorities believe escaped inmate Gonzalo Artemio Lopez, who was serving a life sentence after being convicted of killing a man with a pickax, killed them and fled in the farm truck. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, 4 June 2022 Hurst told The Post that Lopez killed the man with a pickax. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 According to Richman, the original artwork had used a weapon that much more closely resembled a pickax. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2021 One depicts an industrial miner in hard hat, headlamp and boots; another a shoeless, shirtless man in ragged shorts holding a pickax. New York Times, 10 Nov. 2021 The victim told officers that Stigall had broken into the home with a pickax, then took the victim to an ATM and demanded cash. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 19 Nov. 2021 Tom Staggs, then chairman of Disney Parks & Resorts, dedicated the ride with a golden pickax, with help from Snow White and Dopey. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, 1 Sep. 2021 The family trudged up the hill to the tap-tap of a pickax digging out the grave where Mushtaq would be buried. Los Angeles Times, 27 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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The first known use of pickax was in the 15th century

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15 Jun 2022

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“Pickax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pickax. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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