Definition of Billhook

1. Noun. A long-handled saw with a curved blade. "He used a bill to prune branches off of the tree"

Exact synonyms: Bill
Generic synonyms: Saw

Definition of Billhook

1. n. A thick, heavy knife with a hooked point, used in pruning hedges, etc. When it has a short handle, it is sometimes called a hand bill; when the handle is long, a hedge bill or scimiter.

Definition of Billhook

1. Noun. An agricultural implement often with a curved or hooked end to the blade used for pruning or cutting thick, woody plants. ¹

2. Noun. (weapons) A medieval polearm with a similar construct,fitted to a long handle, sometimes with an L-shaped tine or a spike protruding from the side or the end of the blade for tackling the opponent; a bill ¹

3. Noun. Written as bill-hook: a part of the knotting mechanism in a reaper-binder or baler (agricultural machinery). ¹

4. Noun. Written as bill hook: a spiked hook used in offices and shops for hanging bills or other small papers such as receipts. ¹

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Definition of Billhook

1. a cutting tool [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Billhook

billhook (current term)
billiard ball
billiard hall
billiard marker
billiard parlor
billiard parlour
billiard player
billiard room
billiard saloon
billiard table
billiard tables

Literary usage of Billhook

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Annual Register edited by Edmund Burke (1844)
"Samuel Hopcraft, aged only fifteen, was indicted for assaulting Mary Tristram on the Queen's highway with a billhook, and stealing a bag and some money from ..."

2. The English Illustrated Magazine (1886)
"Set up the ladder here, Joseph," he said, pointing with the billhook to indicate the place. Joseph set down the ladder on the pathway, and leaning it across ..."

3. A Manual of Forestry by William Schlich (1908)
"82 shows the common German billhook, the backward turn of the blade at its ... 84 represents a very serviceable billhook; it is half an inch thick at the ..."

4. Journal of psychological medicine (1849)
"The prisoner was standing by the dead bodies with a billhook in her hand, ... Mr. Moss took the billhook from her, and she then sat down by the bedside, ..."

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