machete

noun
ma·​chete | \ mə-ˈshe-tē How to pronounce machete (audio) , -ˈche-; -ˈshet\

Definition of machete

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

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In the farms around Meru, farmers like Kathure have to employ guards armed with poison arrows, machetes, and other weapons, to protect their plants. Jillian Keenan, Time, "'I Need the Money But I Feel Guilt.' How a Drought-Resistant Crop Turned Women in Kenya into Reluctant Drug Lords," 20 Aug. 2019 The incident also comes a week after a London police officer conducting a routine traffic stop was stabbed several times, including in the head, by a machete, in Leyton, east London. Fox News, "Man stabbed in the face outside Britain's Home Office, suspect arrested," 15 Aug. 2019 One man is serious condition after another man cut him with a machete, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Sheriff: Robber turns on partner, attacks him with machete," 13 Aug. 2019 Also, a deputy ran up to get a machete that was outside the house. Jennifer Maher, The Mercury News, "California man lights his 73-year-old mom on fire, surrenders after standoff with SWAT team," 20 Aug. 2019 London Police Constable Stuart Outten was stabbed in the head with a machete on August 8, but managed to recover and tase the assailant. Fox News, "Newlywed British police officer murdered investigating burglary; boy, 13, among 10 arrested," 16 Aug. 2019 Authorities also found a machete in the trunk of Olsen’s car. Eric Heisig, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Shoot every federal agent on sight’: 18-year-old behind online threat had 10,000 rounds of ammo, feds say," 14 Aug. 2019 In addition to the weapons, authorities found a machete in the trunk of Olsen’s car, the agent wrote. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Police made quick arrest of Ohio man because they feared mass shooting threats were legitimate, records show," 14 Aug. 2019 Authorities also found a machete in the trunk of Olsen’s car. Eric Heisig, al, "Man allegedly posted about mass shootings, claims he joined Alabama ROTC program," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of machete

circa 1575, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for machete

Spanish

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machete

noun

English Language Learners Definition of machete

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

machete

noun
ma·​chete | \ mə-ˈshe-tē How to pronounce machete (audio) \

Kids Definition of machete

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

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