bolo

noun

bo·​lo ˈbō-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce bolo (audio)
plural bolos
: a long heavy single-edged knife of Philippine origin used to cut vegetation and as a weapon

Word History

Etymology

Philippine Spanish

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bolo was in 1870

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“Bolo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bolo. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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bolo

noun
bo·​lo ˈbō-lō How to pronounce bolo (audio)
plural bolos
: a long heavy single-edged knife used in the Philippines

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