break-axe

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Calque of Spanish quebracho

Noun[edit]

break-axe (countable and uncountable, plural break-axes)

  1. A South American hardwood, Sloanea jamaicensis
    • 1832, The Juvenile Miscellany, page 207:
      For strength and hardness, for towering height and size, the break-axe may be called the king of the Cuba forest.
    • 1853, James Dunwoody Brownson De Bow, R. G. Barnwell, Edwin Bell, Debow's Review - Volume 14, page 100:
      The quiebra hacha is the celerated break-axe tree, noted for its durability.
    • 1948, Joseph Earle Stevens, A Tale of two trees: Logwood & Quebracho, page 41:
      Quebracho wood derives its name from two Spanish words, "quebrar" to break and "hache" an axe, and this break-axe wood is one of the heaviest and hardest known, weighing some 85 pounds to the cubic foot, or over l/3 more than water, and "playing ducks and drakes" with axes, saws and other cutting tools.

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