). An axe or hatchet used for a variety of
purposes, as for a weapon (Curt. iii. 4
); for sacrificing victims
(Hor. Carm. iii. 23, 12
); or for felling
trees (Ovid, Trist.
iv. 2, 5). When it had a small second edge projecting at
the back of the regular blade it was called securis dolabrata
), and securis simplex
distinguish it from the two-edged axe (bipennis;
cf. Pallad. R.
i. 43). The name is also given to the symbolical axe carried by the lictor in the
indicating the power of death which the State possessed. A pickaxe is also sometimes called
(Stat. Silv. ii. 2,