Poleaxe

• (n.) Anciently, a kind of battle-ax with a long handle; later, an ax or hatchet with a short handle, and a head variously patterned; -- used by soldiers, and also by sailors in boarding a vessel.
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poleaxe

poleaxe 1. A battle ax used in the Middle Ages formed as a long handled ax and a pick. 2. An ax used to slaughter cattle which has a hammer opposite the blade. 3. Used to mean, 'he fell as if he were hit with a poleax. Generally, the head of the weapon consisted of an axe, or hammer, on the damaging 'face', with a spike, hammer, or fluke on the ...
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Poleaxe

A poleaxe was a military weapon which combined a hatchet, pike and serrated hammer, and was much used by horse-soldiers up to the 16th century. The nautical poleaxe was a heavy hatchet having a handle 38 cm long and a sharp point turning downward on the side opposite the blade. It was used for resisting boarders and boarding other ships as well as ...
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