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 (“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 Ð¼Ð¾Ñ‚Ñ‹Ð³Ð° (motÃ½ga, “hoe, mattock"), Lithuanian matikkas (“mattock"), Sanskrit à¤®à¤¤à¥à¤¯ (matyÃ , “harrow, roller, club"). More at mason.