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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hand′ ax`(n.)

(or axe` )

  1. a usu. large bifacial Paleolithic stone tool, often oval or pear-shaped in form and characteristic of certain Lower Paleolithic industries.

    Category: Archaeology

Origin of hand ax:

bef. 1000

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hand ax, hand axe(noun)

    a stone tool with a cutting edge; the stone is held in the hand and used for chopping

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