A tool with a flat blade attached approximately at a right angle to a long handle, used for weeding, cultivating, and gardening.
v. hoed, hoe·ing, hoes
To weed, cultivate, or dig up with a hoe.
To work with a hoe.
[Middle English howe, from Old French houe, of Germanic origin; see kau- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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