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curtal axe

an obsolete term for cutlass
Word Origin
C16: alteration by folk etymology of Old French coutelascutlass; see curtal
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  • Some blackguard or other, I think it was Sybrandt, said, "A lie is not like a blow with a curtal axe."

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