or cur·tal ax, cur·tle ax

[ kur-tl-aks ]
/ ˈkɜr tlˌæks /

noun Archaic.


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Origin of curtalax

1570–80; variant (by folk etymology) of earlier curtilace, apparently < dialectal Italian cortelazo, assimilated variant of Italian coltellaccio hunting knife, equivalent to coltell(o) (< Latin; see cultellus) + -accio noun suffix. See cutlass Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020