Pronunciation: (pōl'aks"), [key]
—n., pl. -ax•esPronunciation: (-ak"siz), [key]
—v., -axed, -ax•ing.
1. a medieval shafted weapon with blade combining ax, hammer, and apical spike, used for fighting on foot.
2. an ax, usually with a hammer opposite the cutting edge, used in stunning and slaughtering animals.
3. an ax with both a blade and a hook, formerly used in naval warfare to assist sailors in boarding vessels.
to strike down or kill with or as if with a poleax.
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