mazzafrusto

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Italian[edit]

Un mazzafrusto.

Etymology[edit]

Compound of mazza (mace) +‎ frusta (whip).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /mat.t͡saˈfrus.to/, [mät̪͡ːs̪äˈfr̺us̪t̪o]
  • Rhymes: -usto
  • Hyphenation: maz‧za‧frù‧sto

Noun[edit]

Italian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia it

mazzafrusto m (plural mazzafrusti)

  1. (weaponry) flail, chain mace
    • 1516, Ludovico Ariosto, Orlando furioso [Raging Roland]‎[1], Venice: Printed by Gabriel Giolito, published 1551, Canto XXX, page 139:
      Orlando urta il cauallo, e batte e ſtringe; ¶ e con un mazzafruſto a l'acqua il ſpinge.
      Orlando spurs and prods and impels the horse ¶ and with a flail drives it to the water.

See also[edit]