tomahawk


tomahawk
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)]

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▪ hand weapon
      war 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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Universalium. 2010.

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