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tomahawk

[ tom-uh-hawk ]
/ ˈtɒm əˌhɔk /
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noun

a light ax used by the North American Indians as a weapon and tool.
any of various similar weapons or implements.
(in Australia) a stone hatchet used by Aboriginal peoples.

verb (used with object)

to attack, wound, or kill with or as if with a tomahawk.

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Origin of tomahawk

First recorded in 1605–15; from Virginia Algonquian (English spelling) tamahaac “hatchet,” equivalent to Proto-Algonquian temah- “to cut (it) off” (unattested ) + -a·kan- “instrument for” (unattested)
tom·a·hawk·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for tomahawk

tomahawk
/ (ˈtɒməˌhɔːk) /

noun

a fighting axe, with a stone or later an iron head, used by the North American Indians
mainly Australian the usual word for hatchet
C17: from Virginia Algonquian tamahaac
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