Origin of mattockMiddle English mattok ; from Old English mattuc ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form mattiuca ; from an unverified form mattea, back-formation ; from Classical Latin mateola, diminutive ; from an unverified form matea ; from Indo-European base an unverified form mat-, hoe, club from source Sanskrit matyá-, a harrow
Origin of mattockMiddle English, from Old English mattuc, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *matteūca, club; akin to *mattea; see mace 1.
From Middle English mattok (â€œmattock, pickaxeâ€), from Old English mattuc, meottoc, mettac (â€œmattock, fork, tridentâ€), from Proto-Germanic *mattukaz (â€œmattock, ploughshareâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *matn-, *mat- (â€œa hoe, ploughshareâ€). Related to Old High German medela (â€œploughâ€), Middle High German metze, metz (â€œknifeâ€), Latin mateola (â€œimplement for digging in the soilâ€), Polish motyka (â€œhoe, mattockâ€), Russian Ð¼Ð¾Ñ‚Ñ‹Ð³Ð° (motÃ½ga, â€œhoe, mattockâ€), Lithuanian matikkas (â€œmattockâ€), Sanskrit à¤®à¤¤à¥à¤¯ (matyÃ , â€œharrow, roller, clubâ€). More at mason.