One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An axe designed to be held in one hand, formerly especially as a weapon.
2Archaeology. A prehistoric stone implement, typical of the Lower and Middle Palaeolithic periods, usually oval or pear-shaped and worked on both sides, used for chopping, cutting, and scraping things.
Old English; earliest use found in Harley Glossary. From hand + axe.
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