Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Bowie Knife.

 Bower of Bliss,Bowing. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Bowie Knife.
A long, stout knife, carried by hunters in the Western States of America. So called from Colonel James Bowie, one of the most daring characters of the States. Born in Logan, co. Kentucky. A bowie knife has a horn handle, and the curved blade is 15 in. long, and 1 1/4 wide at the hilt. (“Bowie” to rhyme with showy.)   1

 Bower of Bliss,Bowing. 

Click here to shop the Bartleby Bookstore.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2015 · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors