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Axes (weapons)

Scope note

Cutting weapons consisting basically of a relatively heavy, flat blade fixed to a handle, wielded by either striking or throwing. For axes used for other purposes, typically having narrower blades, use "axes (tools)."

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Broader Terms used

edged weapons

Narrower Terms used

tomahawks (weapons)

Equivalent Terms used

ax (weapon)
axe (weapon)


12yrs ago

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