Hatch"et (?), n. [F. hachette, dim. of hache . See 1st Hatch, Hash.]


A small ax with a short handle, to be used with one hand.


Specifically, a tomahawk.

Buried was the bloody hatchet. Longfellow.

Hatchet face, a thin, sharp face, like the edge of a hatchet; hence: Hatchet-faced, sharp-visaged. Dryden. -- To bury the hatchet, to make peace or become reconciled. -- To take up the hatchet, to make or declare war. The last two phrases are derived from the practice of the American Indians.


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