mattock

[ mat-uh k ]
/ ˈmæt ək /

noun

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

Origin of mattock

before 900; Middle English mattok, Old English mattuc
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mattock
/ (ˈmætək) /

noun

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

Word Origin for mattock

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