mazza

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Vulgar Latin *mattea (compare French masse, Spanish maza, Portuguese maça), probably vulgarly formed from Latin mateola (hoe).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmat.t͡sa/
  • Hyphenation: màz‧za
  • Rhymes: -attsa

Noun[edit]

mazza f (plural mazze)

  1. baton
  2. club (weapon)
  3. mace (ceremonial weapon)
  4. (sports) bat
  5. sledgehammer
  6. maul
  7. mallet
  8. (vulgar) penis
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:cazzo
  9. priest (tool for killing fishes)

Related terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • mazza in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana
  • mazza in garzantilinguistica.it – Garzanti Linguistica, De Agostini Scuola Spa

Maltese[edit]

Root
m-z-z

Etymology[edit]

From Italian mazza and/or Sicilian mazza, from Vulgar Latin *mattea.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mazza f (plural mazez)

  1. mace

Sicilian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Vulgar Latin *mattea, probably vulgarly formed from Latin mateola.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmat.tsa/
  • Hyphenation: màz‧za

Noun[edit]

mazza f (plural mazzi)

  1. club
  2. clod, lump (of clay or earth)

See also[edit]