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EtymologyEdit

From Spanish matanza (slaughter), derived from matar (to kill).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /matˈtan.t͡sa/, [mät̪ˈt̪än̪t̪͡s̪ä]
  • Hyphenation: mat‧tàn‧za

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mattanza f (plural mattanze)

  1. Last phase of tuna fishing in which a very large net is closed around a group of fish and drawn together, the fish being hooked using harpoons and then beaten to death via repeated blows.
  2. (by extension, informal) massacre, carnage
    Synonyms: carneficina, massacro

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