Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A swordlike weapon of wood the edges of which are set with sharp flakes of obsidian.

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Examples

  • MEChA — an acronym for Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan in Spanish — has been one of myriad Latino-rights, pro-immigration or social justice groups that have plunged into the immigration debate … The MEChA logo boasts a bird with a lit stick of dynamite in one claw and maquahuitl — an Aztec weapon — in the other.

    Heads Up to Politicians

  • He furthermore gives a description of the making of the well-known _maquahuitl_, or Aztec war-club, which was armed on both sides with a row of obsidian knives, or teeth, stuck into holes with a kind of gum.

    Anahuac : or, Mexico and the Mexicans, Ancient and Modern

  • Mexican _maquahuitl_, or "Hand-wood," a mace set with rows of obsidian teeth.

    Anahuac : or, Mexico and the Mexicans, Ancient and Modern

  • Still, unfamiliar with the construction of the temple as he was, Bruno felt helpless without his guide, and so timed his progress by that of Ixtli, right hand tightly gripping the handle of his "hand-wood," or maquahuitl, resolved to give a good account of either of those rascally varlets in case trouble lay ahead.

    The Lost City

  • Through all this, Bruno Gillespie held the position he had taken, one hand gripping tightly his maquahuitl, but placing his main dependence upon the revolver which nestled conveniently within the folds of his sash, one nervous forefinger touching the curved trigger.

    The Lost City

  • At the same moment a young warrior, armed with buckler and _maquahuitl_, rose up, as if to beat off the assailants.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 09

  • Ixtli, right hand tightly gripping the handle of his "hand-wood," or maquahuitl, resolved to give a good account of either of those rascally varlets in case trouble lay ahead.

    The Lost City

  • Their rush was irresistible, and the terrified townsfolk, repenting of their determination to stand in their own defence, when once they had caught the gleam of the _maquahuitl_, and faced the fierce presence of the boy cacique, turned to hurried flight beneath the walls of the great

    Historic Boys Their Endeavours, Their Achievements, and Their Times

  • With an easy turn of his staff he parried the vicious sword thrust of the boy cacique and sent his polished _maquahuitl_ spinning through the air.

    Historic Boys Their Endeavours, Their Achievements, and Their Times

  • Instead of the maquahuitl, he was now armed with the javelin, which, while effective as a dart, was excellent to repel assault.

    The fair god, or, The last of the 'Tzins

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