1. A tool chiefly for digging up weeds, and arranging the earth about plants in fields and gardens. It is made of a flat blade of iron or steel having an eye or tang by which it is attached to a wooden handle at an acute angle.
2. (Science: zoology) The horned or piked dogfish. See dogfish. Dutch hoe, one having the blade set for use in the manner of a spade. Horse hoe, a kind of cultivator.
Origin: OF. Hoe, f. Houe; of german origin, cf. OHG. Houwa, howa, g. Haue, fr. OHG. Houwan to hew. See Hew to cut.