Other Word Forms of Mattock
Origin of Mattock
From Middle English mattok (“mattock, pickaxe"), from Old English mattuc, meottoc, mettac (“mattock, fork, trident"), from Proto-Germanic *mattukaz (“mattock, ploughshare"), from Proto-Indo-European *matn-, *mat- (“a hoe, ploughshare"). Related to Old High German medela (“plough"), Middle High German metze, metz (“knife"), Latin mateola (“implement for digging in the soil"), Polish motyka (“hoe, mattock"), Russian мотыга (motýga, “hoe, mattock"), Lithuanian matikkas (“mattock"), Sanskrit मत्य (matyà, “harrow, roller, club"). More at mason.
Middle English from Old English mattuc perhaps from Vulgar Latin matteūca club akin to *mattea mace1
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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