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machete

[muh-shet-ee, -chet-ee] /məˈʃɛt i, -ˈtʃɛt i/
noun
1.
a large heavy knife used especially in Latin-American countries in cutting sugarcane and clearing underbrush and as a weapon.
2.
a tarpon, Elops affinis, of the eastern Pacific Ocean, having an elongated, compressed body.
Origin of machete
1825-1835
1825-35; < Spanish, equivalent to mach(o) mallet (cf. mace1) + -ete noun suffix
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machete

/məˈʃɛtɪ; -ˈtʃeɪ-/
noun
1.
a broad heavy knife used for cutting or as a weapon, esp in parts of Central and South America
Word Origin
C16 macheto, from Spanish machete, from macho club, perhaps from Vulgar Latin mattea (unattested) club
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Word Origin and History for machete
n.

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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