ma·chete | \ mə-ˈshe-tē , -ˈche- ; -ˈshet \

Definition of machete 

: a large heavy knife used for cutting sugarcane and underbrush and as a weapon

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The stabbing occurred in the park at Reed Road around 11:55 a.m. A caller reported that a suspect stabbed a pregnant woman with a machete and then fled, a Houston police spokesman said. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Report: Pregnant woman stabbed with machete in Grimes Park," 11 July 2018 At one large and controversial roundup in Texas, thousands of pounds of rattlesnakes are collected in one weekend alone, many of the reptiles decapitated with a machete before a crowd of gawkers. Jason Nark,, "Venomous passion: Pennsylvania's snake hunters head to the hills," 20 June 2018 On June 20, Guzman-Feliz was dragged out of a Bronx bodega and slashed in the neck with a machete, police said. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "3 alleged gang members charged in Bronx killing get death threats from inmates: report," 4 July 2018 Two men were arrested Tuesday after fighting each other with a golf club and a machete, the Redding Police Department said. Kayla Fitzgerald, sacbee, "Two arrested after fighting with golf club and machete, Redding police say," 13 June 2018 At each of 12 checkpoints between Managua and Masaya, vehicles are stopped by machete-wielding men with ski masks. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Barricades and Empty Streets: Nicaragua’s Leader Loses Control," 18 June 2018 An unknown customer gave the machete-wielding man $3. Hanna Krueger,, "Man pulls out machete over $3 dispute in Gentilly: NOPD," 14 Mar. 2018 Men watched in horror as their brothers were hacked to death by machete-wielding soldiers. Jeremy Roebuck,, "Did Delco man order massacre of 600 Liberians hiding in a church? He says it's 'all lies'," 12 Feb. 2018 The pair left Honduras after the boy's grandparents were executed with a machete and left for dead in the family’s backyard, the lawsuit states. Kathleen Mcwilliams,, "Court To Hear Arguments In Case Of Two Children Held In Connecticut Separated From Their Parents At The Border," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of machete

circa 1575, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of machete

: a large, heavy knife that is used for cutting plants and as a weapon


ma·chete | \ mə-ˈshe-tē \

Kids Definition of machete

: a large heavy knife used for cutting sugarcane and underbrush and as a weapon

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