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Tomahawk

A war-hatchet. The word has slight variations in different Indian tribes, as tomehagen, tumnahagen, tamoihecan, etc. When peace was made between tribes in hostility, the tomahawks were buried with certain ceremonies; hence, to “bury the hatchet” means to make peace.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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