billhook

Definitions

  • Tools used in the cultivation of tobacco over 300 years ago. These tools—hoe, billhook, and cutting knives—were excavated at Jamestown
    Tools used in the cultivation of tobacco over 300 years ago. These tools—hoe, billhook, and cutting knives—were excavated at Jamestown
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n billhook a long-handled saw with a curved blade "he used a bill to prune branches off of the tree"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Billhook A thick, heavy knife with a hooked point, used in pruning hedges, etc. When it has a short handle, it is sometimes called a hand bill; when the handle is long, a hedge bill or scimiter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n billhook A form of small hatchet curved inward at the point of the cutting edge, used for pruning trees, hedges, and the like, and by sappers and miners to cut pickets, rods, and withes for gabions, fascines, hurdles, saprollers, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Billhook a bill or hatchet having a hooked or curved point
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Bill, + hook,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bil; Ger. bille.

Usage

In literature:

An angry peasant made a slash at him with a billhook.
"The Snare" by Rafael Sabatini
Let some of the men take billhooks and axes down with them, and cut poles.
"Won by the Sword" by G.A. Henty
In his insane fury he had attempted to slash at one of my men with a billhook he carried.
"How I Found Livingstone" by Henry M. Stanley
So I examined billhook and quarterstaff, and at last said I knew them.
"A Thane of Wessex" by Charles W. Whistler
That and a billhook stuck in his belt were his only weapons.
"King Olaf's Kinsman" by Charles Whistler
X. was violated by four soldiers, who broke in the door of her room with the help of a billhook.
"Current History, A Monthly Magazine" by New York Times
But though they were landed, there was little more to be done, unless they had been provided with billhooks to clear the way.
"Middy and Ensign" by G. Manville Fenn
Mr Billhook had taken the telescope and was narrowly examining the stranger.
"The Missing Ship" by W. H. G. Kingston
I dare say, if we were to take billhooks and cut and hack away the branches, we should find it soon enough.
"Crown and Sceptre" by George Manville Fenn
Yes; bring a billhook.
"Thereby Hangs a Tale" by George Manville Fenn
What a noble tree an elm is, if its branches are spared by the billhook of pruner or axe of woodman!
"The Cruise of the Land-Yacht "Wanderer"" by Gordon Stables
He turned with his billhook in his hand.
"Folle-Farine" by Ouida
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