Definition of boat axe in English:

boat axe

(US boat ax)

noun

  • 1An axe carried on board a boat.

  • 2Archaeology
    Archaeol. A type of thin, stone battleaxe with a head shaped like an upturned boat, used in the late Neolithic period in the Baltic region and Scandinavia, especially as a symbol of social status.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in William Scoresby (1789–1857), Arctic scientist and Church of England clergyman. From boat + axe.

Pronunciation

boat axe

/ˈbəʊt aks/