Definitions for tomahawkˈtɒm əˌhɔk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tom•a•hawkˈtɒm əˌhɔk(n.)

  1. a light ax used by American Indians as a weapon or tool.

    Category: Anthropology

  2. any similar weapon or implement.

  3. (in Australia) a stone hatchet of the Aborigines.

  4. (v.t.)to attack, wound, or kill with or as if with a tomahawk.

Origin of tomahawk:

1625–35,Amer.; < Virginia Algonquian (E sp.) tamahaac hatchet (= Proto-Algonquian *temah- to cut (it) off + *-a·kan- instrument for)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tomahawk, hatchet(verb)

    weapon consisting of a fighting ax; used by North American Indians

  2. tomahawk(verb)

    cut with a tomahawk

  3. tomahawk(verb)

    kill with a tomahawk


  1. tomahawk(Noun)

    An ax/axe used by American Indian (First Nations) warriors.

  2. tomahawk(Noun)

    : A dunk in which the person dunking the ball does so with his arm behind his head

  3. tomahawk(Noun)

    A geometric construction consisting of a semicircle and two line segments that serves as a tool for trisecting an angle; so called from its resemblance to the American Indian axe.

  4. tomahawk(Noun)

    A field hockey shot style that involves a player turning their hockey stick upside-down and swinging it so that its inside edge will come into contact with the ball.

  5. tomahawk(Verb)

    to strike with a tomahawk

  6. Tomahawk(Noun)

    The BGM-109 Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM), a long-range, all-weather, subsonic cruise missile with stubby wings, which can be launched from a ship or submarine.

  7. Origin: From an Algonquian (most likely a word); cognate to Malecite-Passamaquoddy tomhikon ("ax"), Abenaki (alni-)demahigan ("ax").

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tomahawk(noun)

    a kind of war hatchet used by the American Indians. It was originally made of stone, but afterwards of iron

  2. Tomahawk(verb)

    to cut, strike, or kill, with a tomahawk


  1. Tomahawk

    Tomahawk is an experimental alternative metal/alternative rock supergroup from the United States. They formed in 2000 when Fantômas, ex-Mr. Bungle and Faith No More singer/keyboardist Mike Patton and ex-The Jesus Lizard guitar player Duane Denison started swapping tapes with the intention of collaborating. Denison then recruited ex-Helmet drummer John Stanier, while Mike Patton recruited Melvins/Cows bass player Kevin Rutmanis into the group.


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