Meaning of “billhook” in the English Dictionary


"billhook" in English

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billhooknoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbɪl.hʊk/ us /ˈbɪl.hʊk/

Examples from literature

  • All these tropical forests are absolutely impenetrable, except to axe and billhook, and after a trail has been laboriously opened, it needs to be cut once or twice a year, so rapid is the growth of vegetation. 
  • It was the axes of their fathers that felled the trees, to sell for fuel, and the billhooks of their mothers that hacked away the bushes and grubbed up their very roots to burn on the household cooking hole. 
  • That and a billhook stuck in his belt were his only weapons. 

(Definition of “billhook” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)