Meaning of trade tomahawk in English:

trade tomahawk

noun

  • A hatchet-like metal-bladed tomahawk of a sort produced by Europeans for trade with indigenous populations in North America, Oceania, and elsewhere.

    First recorded with reference to Oceania in the 19th century, although tomahawks of this sort had been used in trade in North America from the 17th century.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Melbourne Leader.