machete

[ muh-shet-ee, -chet-ee ]SEE DEFINITION OF machete

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Stuart expected to see the Cuban cut down with one stroke of the machete.

These they would disable with a “machete” and then tow ashore.

Why, I could do the same if I chose, with the help of my machete.

I may get stuck with a machete yet, if I have to wait long out here.

It looks worth a climb, and with axe and machete we make our way to it.

Curumilla had cut its back sinews with a blow of his machete.

When he was beyond sight and sound, he dropped his machete and made his way as none but he could do.

It was a machete, the tool and weapon of the bushman of Central America.

Picking up the machete that lay at his feet, he felt of its edge.

There was his machete, to be sure, but what was this against the claws of a man-eater?

WORD ORIGIN

1590s (in pseudo-Spanish form macheto), from Spanish machete, probably a diminutive of macho "sledge hammer," alteration of mazo "club," which is probably [Barnhart] a dialectal variant of maza "mallet," from Vulgar Latin *mattea "war club" (see mace (n.1)). An alternative explanation traces macho to Latin marculus "a small hammer," diminutive of marcus "hammer," from a base parallel to that of Latin malleus (see mallet).

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