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Definition of "mattock" [mat•tock]

  • A digging tool with a flat blade set at right angles to the handle. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "mattock" in a sentence
  • "[320-5] A mattock is a two-bladed instrument for digging."
  • "A mattock is a digging tool that is used to break up soil so that you can shovel it easier."
  • "These new arrivals from the continent renamed the landscape, towns, and many of the rivers in their own tongue so that only a handful of pre-Anglo Saxon British words-such as mattock, brock, bannock-remain in modern English."