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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small, short-handled ax for use in one hand.
  • n. A tomahawk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small light axe with a short handle; a tomahawk.
  • v. To cut with a hatchet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small ax with a short handle, to be used with one hand.
  • n. Specifically, a tomahawk.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small ax with a short handle, designed to be used with one hand.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small ax with a short handle used with one hand (usually to chop wood)
  • n. weapon consisting of a fighting ax; used by North American Indians

Etymologies

Middle English hachet, from Old French hachete, diminutive of hache, ax, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German happa, sickle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French hachette, diminutive of hache ("axe"), from Old High German hāppa ("reaper, sickle"). (Wiktionary)

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