[muh-shet-ee, -chet-ee]
a large heavy knife used especially in Latin-American countries in cutting sugarcane and clearing underbrush and as a weapon.
a tarpon, Elops affinis, of the eastern Pacific Ocean, having an elongated, compressed body.

1825–35; < Spanish, equivalent to mach(o) mallet (cf. mace1) + -ete noun suffix Unabridged
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machete or matchet (məˈʃɛtɪ, -ˈtʃeɪ-)
a broad heavy knife used for cutting or as a weapon, esp in parts of Central and South America
[C16 macheto, from Spanish machete, from macho club, perhaps from Vulgar Latin mattea (unattested) club]
matchet or matchet
[C16 macheto, from Spanish machete, from macho club, perhaps from Vulgar Latin mattea (unattested) club]

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Word Origin & History

1598 (in pseudo-Sp. form macheto), from Sp. machete, probably a dim. of macho "sledge hammer," alt. of mazo "club," probably a dial. variant of maza "mallet," from V.L. *mattea "war club" (see mace (1)). Alternative explanation traces macho to L. marculus "a small hammer,"
dim. of marcus "hammer," from a base parallel to that of L. malleus (see mallet).
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Example sentences
At last they took the right leg and put it on the same log and cut it off with
  a machete.
The spin was not fatal to the crocodile, though, which was found in the
  wreckage by rescuers-and then hacked up with a machete.
He was then strapped to the pilot's chair, a machete at his throat and another
  at his groin.
Also, the harvesting is simpler--a machete or hacksaw is all that's needed--and
  sawmills are unnecessary.
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