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billhook

a cutting tool with a wooden handle and a curved blade terminating in a hook at its tip, used for pruning, chopping, etc
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Blacksmith Stephen Mather, 40, of nearby Holbourn Smithy, used more than two tonnes of metal to handcraft longbows, billhooks, arrows, the Flodden Cross, an English rose crest, flag, Lamb of God emblems, the contours of the hills where the battle took place and the crenellations of Barmoor Castle.
As a lightly armored, mobile force, they used swords, hatchets, mallets, and billhooks to stab and beat heavily armored French combatants who were mired in the mud (see Keegan, 2004, for a graphic and earthy account).
Foci were cleaned with long-handled billhooks, vegetation was cut back, 100,000 acres of swampland were drained, and tons of insecticide were spread over the island by aircraft and helicopters (Figure 4).
A TERRIFIED community living in fear of burglars are taking the law into their own hands by arming themselves with pickaxes and billhooks.
But not so long ago it was left to skilled hedge-layers armed with little more than axes, billhooks and perseverance.
Before long, we had bought a tractor and topper, an indus- trial-strength brushcutter, a petrol generator, a chainsaw, a rotovator, a mini-digger, and a whole host of tools like slashers, billhooks, log-splitters, scythes, and all those other 'useful' bits and pieces that I couldn't, for the life of me, put a name to.
The practical effects of these differences are (or were) manifest in all sorts of ways, from the greater variety and excellence of livestock breeds in Britain (until farmers were forced to abandon them) to the comparative clumsiness of traditional implements like mattocks and billhooks in France.
She incorporates disguised literacy and numeracy in exciting challenges of lighting the fire circle, making smores and using saws and billhooks to cut and split wood to make stools.
The English were much more comfortable with the 5ft billhooks they used for farming, and sliced off the business end of the Scots pikes before wading into the bogged-down Scottish ranks.