- 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.
Origin of machete
Examples from the Web for machete
Twitter users posted pictures of the scene and claimed a man had been seen with a machete.London Woman Beheaded by Machete-Wielding 'Madman'
September 4, 2014
Armed with an ax or a machete, he stops incoming cars for questioning: Who are they?Nigeria’s Do-It-Yourself Boko Haram Busters
May 16, 2014
In one recent case, he said a man accused of kidnapping was hung from an iron bar and flogged with a machete.How Nigeria’s Stupidly Brutal Cops Botch the Hunt for Boko Haram
May 14, 2014
The path for our group of six is being carved through tangles of vines and vegetation one machete hack at a time.Can Gorillas Save the Democratic Republic of the Congo?
April 28, 2014
Robert Rodriguez grindhouse gore-fest, Machete Kills, slices and dices its way into theaters on Oct. 11.‘Machete Kills’ Director Robert Rodriguez on His Favorite Cult Movies
October 8, 2013
Stuart expected to see the Cuban cut down with one stroke of the machete.Plotting in Pirate Seas
These they would disable with a “machete” and then tow ashore.Anting-Anting Stories
Why, I could do the same if I chose, with the help of my machete.Adventures of a Young Naturalist
I may get stuck with a machete yet, if I have to wait long out here.Ahead of the Army
W. O. Stoddard
It looks worth a climb, and with axe and machete we make our way to it.The American Egypt
- a broad heavy knife used for cutting or as a weapon, esp in parts of Central and South America
Word Origin and History for machete
1590s (in pseudo-Spanish form macheto), from Spanish machete, probably a diminutive of macho "sledge hammer," alteration of mazo "club," which is probably [Barnhart] a dialectal variant of maza "mallet," from Vulgar Latin *mattea "war club" (see mace (n.1)). An alternative explanation traces macho to Latin marculus "a small hammer," diminutive of marcus "hammer," from a base parallel to that of Latin malleus (see mallet).