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cutlass

or cut·las

[ kuht-luhs ]
/ ˈkʌt ləs /
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noun

a short, heavy, slightly curved sword with a single cutting edge, formerly used by sailors.

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Origin of cutlass

1585–95; earlier coutelace<Middle French coutelas, equivalent to coutel knife (French couteau) (<Latin cultellus;see cultellus) + -as augmentative suffix; cognate with Italian coltellaccio big knife; cf. curtalax
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cutlass
/ (ˈkʌtləs) /

noun

a curved, one-edged sword formerly used by sailors

Word Origin for cutlass

C16: from French coutelas, from coutel knife, from Latin cultellus a small knife, from culter knife; see coulter
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