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A machete (more rarely, matchet) is a large cleaver-like cutting tool, originally designed to clear thick undergrowth, but also used as a personal weapon, widespread in tropical regions of the world. Depending on size, a machete may be classified as either a knife or a sword. Some parts of the Caribbean refer to this weapon as a cutlass, which is properly the name of a similar, older weapon and utility blade of widespread maritime use.

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