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Different sizes of handsaws

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English hande sawe, equivalent to hand +‎ saw. Cognate with West Frisian hânseage (handsaw), Dutch handzaag (handsaw), German Handsäge (handsaw), Danish håndsav (handsaw), Swedish handsåg (handsaw), Icelandic handsög (handsaw).

NounEdit

handsaw (plural handsaws)

  1. A saw small enough to be used by one hand.
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Etymology 2Edit

Corruption of heronshaw.

NounEdit

handsaw (plural handsaws)

  1. (obsolete) A heron.
    • c. 1600, Shakespeare, William, “Act II, Scene II”, in Hamlet:
      When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.

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