Already with spade and mattock Rollo was filling up the grave, stamping down the soil with his foot as he proceeded.
As they passed the foot of the stairs, Macloud picked up a mattock.
On the day that his term of service expired he rose early, and with his mattock dislodged the stones of the hearth.
The mattock and the plow Will take the place of Pan and Satyr now.
While the fox hung over one shoulder, his mattock balanced it on the other.
Pressley, unlashing a mattock and shovel from his pack, did not notice him.
Close at his heels came three laborers walking abreast, with spade and mattock over their shoulders.
Then lift each plant with a spade or mattock slowly and skillfully.
He was a sort of laboring man, who wore a waistcoat with large pockets and carried a mattock under his arm.
Instead the party carried the body to the mattock place where it was interred.
Old English mættoc, probably from Vulgar Latin *matteuca "club," related to Latin mateola, a kind of mallet (see mace (n.1)), but this is not certain, and synonymous Russian motyka, Lithuanian matikkas suggest other possibilities. OED says similar words in Welsh and Gaelic are from English.
(1.) Heb. ma'eder, an instrument for dressing or pruning a vineyard (Isa. 7:25); a weeding-hoe. (2.) Heb. mahareshah (1 Sam. 13:1), perhaps the ploughshare or coulter. (3.) Heb. herebh, marg. of text (2 Chr. 34:6). Authorized Version, "with their mattocks," marg. "mauls." The Revised Version renders "in their ruins," marg. "with their axes." The Hebrew text is probably corrupt.