tranchet

[ trahn-shey; French trahn-she ]
/ trɑnˈʃeɪ; French trɑ̃ˈʃɛ /

noun, plural tran·chets [trahn-sheyz; French trahn-she]. /trɑnˈʃeɪz; French trɑ̃ˈʃɛ/. Archaeology.

a stone implement with a horizontal, chisellike cutting edge, found at Mesolithic and Neolithic sites in macrolithic form, used as an adz, and in microlithic form, often mounted as the cutting head of an arrow.

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Origin of tranchet

<French, equivalent to tranch(er) to cut (see trench) + -et-et
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