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curtalax

[kur-tl-aks] /ˈkɜr tlˌæks/
noun, Archaic.
1.
Also, curtal ax, curtle ax.
Origin of curtalax
dialectal Italian
1570-1580
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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