bolo

noun
bo·lo | \ˈbō-(ˌ)lō \
plural bolos

Definition of bolo 

: a long heavy single-edged knife of Philippine origin used to cut vegetation and as a weapon

First Known Use of bolo

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bolo

Philippine Spanish

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