battle-axe

battle-axe
noun
1. a broadax used as a weapon
Syn: ↑battle-ax
Hypernyms: ↑broadax, ↑broadaxe
Hyponyms: ↑Lochaber ax, ↑poleax, ↑poleaxe
Part Holonyms: ↑halberd
2. a sharp-tongued domineering wife
Syn: ↑battle-ax
Hypernyms: ↑wife, ↑married woman

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