An agricultural tool shaped like a pickax, with an adze and a chisel edge as the ends of the head.
- Laborers used tools resembling mattocks or hoes for digging and used woven reed baskets for hauling dirt and debris.
- Using this, and a bladed tool like a mattock, it takes him 15 days to prepare the ground for planting.
- Then, with a mattock and shovel, we dug into the side of the hill to make a spot for a level platform, which needed to be heavily reinforced because most of the hillside consisted of loose rock and shale.
Old English mattuc, of uncertain origin.
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