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

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Often there would be forty kids running around the area—washing pottery, sifting buckets, and pounding the earth with hoes and pickaxes. Rachel Poser, Harper's magazine, "Common Ground," 19 Aug. 2019 Using elongated screwdrivers and pickaxes, Duran and Kjelland excavated the skull. Eduardo Medina, SFChronicle.com, "UC Merced student finds 65 million-year-old Triceratops skull," 26 July 2019 In recent years, his sidewalk plaque has become a battleground for political debate in Los Angeles, often being spat upon or written on, and in 2016 was bashed with a sledgehammer and later destroyed with a pickax in 2018. Nardine Saad, latimes.com, "Here’s why Carrie Fisher won’t get Trump’s star on Walk of Fame," 19 June 2019 Last year Clay pleaded no contest to a felony vandalism charge for smashing President Trump’s Walk of Fame star with a pickax. Washington Post, "Man sentenced for stealing Marilyn Monroe statue in LA," 10 July 2019 Khafra worked with loyalty and tenacity, wielding a rotary hammer, jackhammer and pickax. Dan Morse, chicagotribune.com, "A millionaire day trader, the secret bunker under his Maryland home and a murder conviction," 1 July 2019 The two characters are working in the caves with pickaxes. Abbey Maxbauer, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: Netflix's Dark Season 2 Recap," 25 June 2019 Harden is taking a pickax to every traditional idea about how the game should be played. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "James Harden Is the Outlier of the NBA," 9 Jan. 2019 Late last month, hours after a man destroyed the star with a pickax, a fierce brawl ensued, leaving one person kicked in the head and another bleeding from the face. Samantha Schmidt, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s Walk of Fame star: The West Hollywood City Council wants it permanently removed," 7 Aug. 2018

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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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