mat·​tock | \ ˈma-tək How to pronounce mattock (audio) \

Definition of mattock

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

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Examples of mattock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Use a mattock to create a trench for mass planting. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2021 Hacking through thorny multiflora rose to get to stubborn bittersweet roots, then heaving a mattock into the earth to pull them up, can be exhausting. Stephanie Foo, Curbed, 11 Aug. 2021 For the gardener in your life, buy a five-gallon bucket and fill it with Felco pruners and a blade sharpener, root saw, folding pruning saw, weeder, soil scoop or trowel, mattock, garden tape, scissors and pliable garden gloves. oregonlive, 16 Dec. 2020 My preferred tool for planting in tight spots is the mattock, especially if the soil is on the poor side. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2020 On that night at the Hinterkaifeck farmstead, the farmer, his wife, their widowed daughter, two grandchildren aged 7 and 2, and the family maid, all were killed with a mattock, or pickaxe. Chris Jones,, 28 Jan. 2018 Start by using a shovel or garden mattock to remove any rocks from around the base of the stump. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 1 Apr. 2015 Look in the back and there would be 6 feet of logging chain going to rust, a half bottle of brake fluid, and a shovel and mattock. Southern Living, 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of mattock

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mattock

Middle English mattok, from Old English mattuc

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“Mattock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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