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HATCHET (adapted from the Fr. hachelte, diminutive of hache, axe, hacher, to cut, hack), a small, light form of axe with a short handle (see TOOL) ; for the war-hatchet of the North American Indians and the symbolical ceremonies connected 'with it see TOMAHAWK.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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