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Origin and Meaning of Tomahawk

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Tom"a*hawk
A kind of war hatchet used by the American Indians. It was originally made of stone, but afterwards of iron.

Etymology: Of American Indian origin; cf. Algonkin tomehagen, Mohegan tumnahegan, Delaware tamoihecan

verb Tom"a*hawk
To cut, strike, or kill, with a tomahawk.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Weapon consisting of a fighting ax; used by North American Indians
  2. Kill with a tomahawk
  3. Cut with a tomahawk

From an Algonquian (most likely Powhatan) word. Compare Malecite-Passamaquoddy tomhikon (“ax”), Abenaki temahigan, demahigan (“ax”).

  1. An ax/axe used by American Indian (First Nations) warriors.
  2. (basketball): A dunk in which the person dunking the ball does so with his arm behind his head.
  3. (geometry) 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. (field hockey) 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.

tomahawk was also found in the following language(s): French and Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Tomahawk

Tomahawk was born on April 30th, 1990 in Tomakomai, Hokkaido. Tomahawk is also known as Tomahawk; Mr. Pii Pii Tomakomai Penguin; Tanisaki, Naoki; Onodera, Takuya; Tomakomai, and Takuya; T-Hawk.


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Fun Facts about the name Tomahawk

  • How unique is the name Tomahawk? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Tomahawk was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Tomahawk: Your name in reverse order is Kwahamot. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Owhatamk. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Tomahawk born Sep 29, 2010

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Alaska approximately on 825. Your profession was handicraftsman and mechanic.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. You fulfill your lesson by helping old folks and children. You came to that life to learn to care about weak and helpless.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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