An ice ax.
More 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.
mid 19th century: from French dialect, literally 'little pick', diminutive of piolo; related to pioche 'pickax'.