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piolet

Syllabification: pi·o·let
Pronunciation: /ˌpēəˈlā
 
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Definition of piolet in English:

noun

Climbing
An ice ax.
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 'pickax'.

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