—tomahawker, n./tom"euh hawk'/, n.1. a light ax used by the North American Indians as a weapon and tool.2. any of various similar weapons or implements.3. (in Australia) a stone hatchet used by the Aborigines.v.t.4. to attack, wound, or kill with or as if with a tomahawk.[1605-15; < Virginia Algonquian (E sp.) tamahaac hatchet (equiv. to Proto-Algonquian *temah- to cut (it) off + *-a·kan- instrument for)]
* * *▪ hand weaponwar hatchet of the North American Indians (Native American). “Tomahawk” was derived from the Algonquian word otomahuk (“to knock down”). Early versions were made by tying a stone head to a handle with animal sinew or by passing a double-pointed chipped stone through a hole bored in a handle. After the arrival of Europeans, tomahawk heads often were made of iron obtained in trade. Globe-headed clubs, often ornately incised and decorated with feathers, and used for ceremonies as well as war, have also been called tomahawks.
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