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hoe1 / / • n. a long-handled gardening tool with a thin metal blade, used mainly for weeding and breaking up soil. • v. (hoes, hoed, hoe·ing) [tr.] use a hoe to dig (earth) or thin out or dig up (plants). ∎  [intr.] use a hoe. DERIVATIVES: ho·er n. hoe2 • n. variant spelling of ho1 .

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hoe sb. XIV. ME. howe — (O)F. houe — Frankish *hauwa = OHG. houwa (G. haue), rel. to houwan HEW.
Hence vb. XV.

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