Pole"ax`, Pole"axe` (?), n. [OE. pollax; cf. OD. pollexe. See Poll head, and Ax.]
Anciently, a kind of battle-ax with a long handle; later, an ax or hatchet with a short handle, and a head variously patterned; -- used by soldiers, and also by sailors in boarding a vessel.
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