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machete[mə′shed·ē or mə′ched·ē]
A knife with a broad blade 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 centimeters) long.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
a long knife (more than 50 cm) used in most Latin American countries for cutting sugarcane (hence machetero, “cane chipper”) and for hacking paths in dense thickets. Machetes were used by Cuban insurgents as side arms in the wars of liberation from 1868 to 1878 and from 1895 to 1898 against the Spanish colonialists.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.