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or cur·tal ax, cur·tle ax

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noun Archaic.
  1. cutlass.
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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
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