Curtal-ax

curtalax

[kur-tl-aks]
noun Archaic.
Also, curtal ax, curtle ax.


Origin:
1570–80; variant (by folk etymology) of earlier curtilace, apparently < dialectal Italian cortelazo, assimilated variant of Italian coltellaccio hunting knife, equivalent to coltell(o) (< Latin; see cultellus) + -accio noun suffix. See cutlass

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