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A double-bladed battleaxe.
- ‘Four years later, another shipment of tools went to Bethabara including a twibill, a ‘squaring’ and ‘plaining’ ax and a holdfast all worth £1.16.6.’
- ‘We have also log building tools (scriber, gouge and twibill).’
- ‘A round buckler he bore and a huge twibill, which no man of the kindred could well wield save himself; and it was done both blade and shaft with knots and runes in gold; and he loved that twibill well, and called it the Wolf's Sister.’
Old English twibile ‘axe with two cutting edges’, from twi- ‘double’+ bill.
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