billhook

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A billhook (agricultural implement).

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Usually thought to be from bill + hook

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billhook (plural billhooks)

  1. An agricultural implement often with a curved or hooked end to the blade used for pruning or cutting thick, woody plants.
  2. (weaponry) 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
  3. Written as bill-hook: a part of the knotting mechanism in a reaper-binder or baler (agricultural machinery).
  4. Written as bill hook: a spiked hook used in offices and shops for hanging bills or other small papers such as receipts.

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