or cur·tal ax, cur·tle ax


noun Archaic.

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. 2019