piolet

noun pi·o·let \¦pēə¦lā\

Definition of piolet

plural

-s

  1. :  a two-headed ice ax used in mountaineering (as in Switzerland)

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Origin and Etymology of piolet

French, from French dialect (Valais canton, Switzerland & Piedmont), diminutive of piola small ax, from (assumed) Middle French dialect, from Old Provençal, diminutive of apcha, abcha battle-ax, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German hāppa sickle, pruning knife


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