Definition of piolet in English:

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piolet

Pronunciation: /pjəʊˈleɪ/

noun

Climbing
An ice pick.
Example sentences
  • The term ‘ice-pick’ is currently used to mean both the mountaineer's axe or piolet and a kind of awl for chipping off bits of ice for drinking purposes.
  • On the other hand, if you fall, drop your piolet aside from you to avoid injuries.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from French dialect, literally 'little pick', diminutive of piolo; related to pioche 'pickaxe'.

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Line breaks: pio¦let

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