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Axe. n.s. [ax, acꞅ, Sax. ascia, Lat.] An instrument consisting of a metal head, with a sharp edge, fixed in a helve or handle, to cut with.

                No metal can,
No, not the hangman's axe, bear half the keenness
Of thy sharp envy.
Shakesp. Merchant of Venice.

There stood a forest on the mountain's brow,
Which overlook'd the shaded plains below;
No sounding axe presum'd these trees to bite,
Coeval with the world; a venerable sight.
Dryden's Fables.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice (83)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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