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cutlass

[kuht-luh s] /ˈkʌt ləs/
noun
1.
a short, heavy, slightly curved sword with a single cutting edge, formerly used by sailors.
Also, cutlas.
Origin
1585-1595
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/
noun
1.
a curved, one-edged sword formerly used by sailors
Word Origin
C16: from French coutelas, from coutel knife, from Latin cultellus a small knife, from culter knife; see coulter
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Word Origin and History for cutlass
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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