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matchet

noun
  1. an earlier name for machete
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Examples from the Web for matchet

Historical Examples

  • A negro leaped round the corner of the stairs and struck at him with a matchet.

    The Message

    Louis Tracy

  • A matchet is a long sharp knife in general use throughout the country.

  • This gave the king great pain, so he threw down his matchet and went back to his house.

  • He was very angry when he heard this, and went to the spring the following morning, taking his own matchet with him.

  • A foot or two below him the man with the matchet was coming up, naked to the waist, and half-crazed with rum.

    Long Odds

    Harold Bindloss