One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural pulaskis, Plural PulaskisUS
A hatchet with a head that forms an axe blade on one side and an adze on the other.
- ‘To do that we will have to remove irony from its privileged pulpit and have it join the choir, to take it out of our mis-set compasses and put it on the tool racks with the pulaskis and korticks.’
- ‘That includes new lightweight Nomex coveralls that are much lighter than usual firefighting turnout gear and a tool known as a pulaski that combines a type of pick and axe in one.’
- ‘Even today, the pulaski is a preferred fire-fighting tool.’
1920s: named after Edward C. Pulaski (1866–1931), the American forest ranger who designed it.
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