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[By folk etymology from earlier coutelace, curtelace, cutlass, from Old French coutelas; see cutlass.]
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(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) an obsolete term for cutlass
[C16: alteration by folk etymology of Old French coutelas cutlass; see curtal]
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