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[tom-uh-hawk] /ˈtɒm əˌhɔk/
a light ax used by the North American Indians as a weapon and tool.
any of various similar weapons or implements.
(in Australia) a stone hatchet used by the Aborigines.
verb (used with object)
to attack, wound, or kill with or as if with a tomahawk.
Origin of tomahawk
Virginia Algonquian
1605-15; < Virginia Algonquian (E spelling) tamahaac hatchet (equivalent to Proto-Algonquian *temah- to cut (it) off + *-a·kan- instrument for)
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tomahawker, noun Unabridged
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  • A tomahawk gleamed just beyond them and at the same instant an arrow grazed the girl's left arm.

    The Shadow of Victory Myrtle Reed
  • I leave the tomahawk and knife to such as have a natural gift to use them.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • On the pretext of gathering grapes they started from camp one afternoon with only a blanket, knife, and tomahawk.

    Stories of Old Kentucky Martha Grassham Purcell
  • Oh, how I understood now the rascally-looking fellow, with his hatchet and tomahawk!

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • There is a small hatchet modelled after the Daniel Boone tomahawk, generally known as the "camp axe."

    On the Trail Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
  • The Indian lifted his tomahawk and the lad expected it to be buried in his head.

    Rodney, the Ranger John V. Lane
British Dictionary definitions for tomahawk


a fighting axe, with a stone or later an iron head, used by the North American Indians
(mainly Austral) the usual word for hatchet
Word Origin
C17: from Virginia Algonquian tamahaac
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Word Origin and History for tomahawk

1610s, tamahaac, from Algonquian (probably Powhatan) tamahack "what is used in cutting," from tamaham "he cuts." Cognate with Mohegan tummahegan, Delaware tamoihecan, Micmac tumeegun.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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