noun \ˈma-tək\

Definition of MATTOCK

:  a digging and grubbing tool with features of an adze and an ax or pick

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Origin of MATTOCK

Middle English mattok, from Old English mattuc
First Known Use: before 12th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Picklike digging implement, one of the oldest tools of agriculture. It resembles the modern hoe but with a stone or wooden blade rather than a metal one, set at right angles to a long wooden handle. Though large-scale agriculture uses plows, harrows, and rotary hoes that open many rows of a field simultaneously, home gardeners and horticulturists may still use mattocks to loosen dirt and to chop weeds.


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