macheteməˈʃɛt i, -ˈtʃɛt i
machete, matchet, panga (noun)
a large heavy knife used in Central and South America as a weapon or for cutting vegetation
A sword-like tool used for cutting large plants with a chopping motion. A machete's blade is usually 50 to 65 centimeters (cm) long, and up to three millimeters (mm) thick.
To cut or chop with a machete.
To hack or chop crudely with a blade other than a machete.
The machete is a large cleaver-like knife. The blade is typically 32.5 to 45 centimetres long and usually under 3 millimetres thick. In the Spanish language the word is the diminutive form of the word macho, which means male or strong and was used to refer to sledgehammers. In the English language, an equivalent term is matchet, though it is less commonly known. In the English-speaking Caribbean such as Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana, Grenada and in Trinidad and Tobago, the term "cutlass" is used for these agricultural tools.