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From Middle French coutelas, from Old French coutel (knife) + -as (augmentative suffix)

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cutlass (plural cutlasses)

  1. (nautical) A short sword with a curved blade, and a convex edge; once used by sailors when boarding an enemy ship.
    • 2015 September 1, Sarah J. Maas, Queen of Shadows, ISBN 9781619636040:
      She could feel Tern’s stare fixed right between her shoulder blades, and knew he was aching to plunge his cutlass there.
  2. A similarly shaped tool; a machete.

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cutlass (third-person singular simple present cutlasses, present participle cutlassing, simple past and past participle cutlassed)

  1. (transitive) To cut back (vegetation) with a cutlass.