machete

[ muh-shet-ee, -chet-ee ]
/ məˈʃɛt i, -ˈtʃɛt i /

noun

a large heavy knife used especially in Latin-American countries in cutting sugarcane and clearing underbrush and as a weapon.
a tarpon, Elops affinis, of the eastern Pacific Ocean, having an elongated, compressed body.

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Origin of machete

1825–35; < Spanish, equivalent to mach(o) mallet (cf. mace1) + -ete noun suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for machete

machete

matchet

/ (məˈʃɛtɪ, -ˈtʃeɪ-) /

noun

a broad heavy knife used for cutting or as a weapon, esp in parts of Central and South America

Word Origin for machete

C16 macheto, from Spanish machete, from macho club, perhaps from Vulgar Latin mattea (unattested) club
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