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.

1605–15; < Virginia Algonquian (E spelling) tamahaac hatchet (equivalent to Proto-Algonquian *temah- to cut (it) off + *-a·kan- instrument for)

tomahawker, noun Unabridged
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tomahawk (ˈtɒməˌhɔːk)
1.  a fighting axe, with a stone or later an iron head, used by the North American Indians
2.  chiefly (Austral) the usual word for hatchet
[C17: from Virginia Algonquian tamahaac]

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Word Origin & History

1612, tamahaac, from Algonquian (probably Powhatan) tamahack "what is used in cutting," from tamaham "he cuts." Cognate with Mohegan tummahegan, Delaware tamoihecan, Micmac tumeegun.
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war hatchet of the North American Indians. "Tomahawk" was derived from the Algonquian word otomahuk ("to knock down"). Early versions were made by tying a stone head to a handle with animal sinew or by passing a double-pointed chipped stone through a hole bored in a handle. After the arrival of Europeans, tomahawk heads often were made of iron obtained in trade. Globe-headed clubs, often ornately incised and decorated with feathers, and used for ceremonies as well as war, have also been called tomahawks.

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Example sentences
The tomahawk was buried in the grave of the soldier found the year before, as a symbolic gesture.
It exclaims that, while one hand is held up to reject this treaty, the other grasps a tomahawk.
Simple if eccentric pleasures: walk the walled garden, row a boat on small lake, learn to throw a tomahawk.
Some guys go from standing straight to suddenly soaring off one leg for a tomahawk jam.
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