tomahawk

[ tom-uh-hawk ]
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noun
  1. a light ax used by the North American Indians as a weapon and tool.

  2. any of various similar weapons or implements.

  1. (in Australia) a stone hatchet used by Aboriginal peoples.

verb (used with object)
  1. to attack, wound, or kill with or as if with a tomahawk.

Origin of tomahawk

1
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)

Other words from tomahawk

  • tom·a·hawk·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for tomahawk

tomahawk

/ (ˈtɒməˌhɔːk) /


noun
  1. a fighting axe, with a stone or later an iron head, used by the North American Indians

  2. mainly Australian the usual word for hatchet

Origin of tomahawk

1
C17: from Virginia Algonquian tamahaac

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