mattock

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English[edit]

A cutter mattock

Etymology[edit]

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 моты́га ‎(motýga, hoe, mattock), Lithuanian matikkas ‎(mattock), Sanskrit मत्य ‎(matyà, harrow, roller, club). More at mason.

Noun[edit]

mattock ‎(plural mattocks)

  1. An agricultural tool whose blades are at right angles to the body, similar to a pickax.

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