Machete meaning

mə-shĕtē, -chĕtē
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To cut with a machete.

Macheted the undergrowth.

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A large, heavy-bladed knife used for cutting down sugar cane, dense underbrush, etc., esp. in Central and South America.
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A small Pacific tenpounder fish (Elops affinis) sometimes found in fresh waters.
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A sword-like tool used for cutting large plants with a chopping motion. A machete's blade is usually 50 to 65 centimeters (cm) long, and up to three millimeters (mm) thick.
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To cut or chop with a machete.

After some hours of intense work, we had macheted a path through the jungle to the bank of the river.

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To hack or chop crudely with a blade other than a machete.

You can't just machete about with a rapier and expect to succeed; you need to thrust properly.

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A large heavy knife with a broad blade, used as a weapon and an implement for cutting vegetation.
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To attack, wound, or kill with a machete.
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Origin of machete

  • Spanish diminutive of macho sledge hammer alteration of mazo club probably from maza mallet from Vulgar Latin mattea mace mace1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Spanish machete, diminutive of macho (“sledgehammer"), from Latin mattea, cognate with Old French machier, French massue, English mace.

    From Wiktionary