American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A digging tool with a flat blade set at right angles to the handle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An instrument for loosening the soil in digging, shaped like a pickax, but having its ends broad instead of pointed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An implement for digging and grubbing. The head has two long steel blades, one like an adz and the other like a narrow ax or the point of a pickax.
- n. a kind of pick that is used for digging; has a flat blade set at right angles to the handle
- 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"), Russian мотыга (motýga, "hoe, mattock"), Lithuanian (matikkas, "mattock"), Sanskrit मत्य (matyà, "harrow, roller, club"). More at mason. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English mattuc, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *matteūca, club; akin to *mattea; see mace1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“[320-5] A mattock is a two-bladed instrument for digging.”
“A mattock is a digging tool that is used to break up soil so that you can shovel it easier.”
“These new arrivals from the continent renamed the landscape, towns, and many of the rivers in their own tongue so that only a handful of pre-Anglo Saxon British words-such as mattock, brock, bannock-remain in modern English.”
“Matthew needs to get to the bottom line of this Bushian toilet flush: all the American consumer ultimately needs is a mattock, an axe, some seed corn, and an iron pot.”
“Fred Phelps beat his wife and his children with his fists, a leather barber strap, or the wooden handle of a mattock, a tool like an ax.”
“A mattock and shovel lay by the verge of the grave.”
““To Corri-nan-shian, Father,” answered the youth. — “Martin and Dan, take pickaxe and mattock, and follow me if you be men!””
“Ravenswood found that the man of the last mattock was absent at a bridal, being fiddler as well as grave-digger to the vicinity.”
“Such trenches are ordinarily extremely deep; a man sweats, digs, toils all night — for it must be done at night; he wets his shirt, burns out his candle, breaks his mattock, and when he arrives at the bottom of the hole, when he lays his hand on the”
““Give me your mattock and wait a couple of minutes for me.””
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