Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A small ax with a short handle, to be used with one hand.
  • noun Specifically, a tomahawk.
  • noun a thin, sharp face, like the edge of a hatchet.
  • noun sharp-visaged.
  • noun to make peace or become reconciled.
  • noun to make or declare war. The last two phrases are derived from the practice of the American Indians.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A small light axe with a short handle; a tomahawk.
  • verb transitive To cut with a hatchet.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English hachet, from Old French hachete, diminutive of hache, ax, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German happa, sickle.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French hachette, diminutive of hache ("axe"), from Old High German hāppa ("reaper, sickle").

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