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mattock

[ mat-uhk ]

noun

  1. an instrument for loosening the soil in digging, shaped like a pickax, but having one end broad instead of pointed.


mattock

/ ˈmætək /

noun

  1. a type of large pick that has one end of its blade shaped like an adze, used for loosening soil, cutting roots, etc


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Word History and Origins

Origin of mattock1

before 900; Middle English mattok, Old English mattuc

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Word History and Origins

Origin of mattock1

Old English mattuc, of unknown origin; related to Latin mateola club, mallet

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Example Sentences

They still used to say in the country districts: "The spindles must follow the mattock," but it was only by force of habit.

This ride of mine shall ring in their ears long after I'm done for—put to bed with a mattock, and tucked up with a spade.

It reminds us somewhat of the grub-hoe or mattock, and probably served a similar purpose—to break up the ground.

So we marched up into the mountains at midnight, every man with bow and spear, axe and mattock.

The mattock and spade are realistic of the grave; the open book proclaims the promise of the heaven beyond.

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