cut-lass

cutlass

[kuht-luhs]
noun
a short, heavy, slightly curved sword with a single cutting edge, formerly used by sailors.
Also, cutlas.


Origin:
1585–95; earlier coutelace < Middle French coutelas, equivalent to coutel knife (French couteau) (< Latin cultellus; see cultellus) + -as augmentative suffix; cognate with Italian coltellaccio big knife; cf. curtalax

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cutlass (ˈkʌtləs)
 
n
a curved, one-edged sword formerly used by sailors
 
[C16: from French coutelas, from coutel knife, from Latin cultellus a small knife, from culter knife; see coulter]

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cutlass
1590s, from M.Fr. coutelas, probably from It. coltellaccio "large knife," from coltello "knife," from L. cultellus "small knife," dim. of culter "knife, plowshare."
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