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BOLO (BOH-loh)

1. A long, heavy machete with a single edge

2. A string necktie with an ornamental clasp

Common clues: Hacking knife; Machete; String necktie; Western tie; Philippine machete; Tie with a cord; Arizona necktie; Manila machete; Tie with a clasp

Crossword puzzle frequency: 2 times a year

Frequency in English language: 85416 / 86800

News: Bolo Ties: Not Just For Westerns

A bolo is a kind of machete, used particularly in the jungles of Indonesia, the Philippines, and in the sugar fields of Cuba. Like other machetes it is primarily intended for clearing vegetation (whether for agriculture or during trailblazing). Bolos are also used as military weapons. Such bolo knives were a particular favorite of the Filipino resistance during the Commonwealth period, and during the Philippine-American War. For this reason the study of the bolo is common in the Filipino martial arts.

Bolos are particularly characterized by having a native hardwood handle, a full tang, and by a blade that both curves and gets wider (often considerably so) nearer to the tip. This moves the centre of gravity as far forward as possible, giving the knife extra momentum for chopping difficult vegetation. So-called jungle bolos or itak in Tagalog, intended for combat more than agricultural work, tend to be a little longer and less wide at the tip.

A bola tie or bolo tie is a type of necktie consisting of a piece of cord fastened with an ornamental bar or clasp. The bola tie was created in 1949 by Vic Cedarstaff in Wickenburg, Arizona and later patented.

In the United Kingdom, bola ties are known as "Bootlace ties". They were popular with 1950s Teddy Boys, who wore them with drape suits.

In the United States bola ties are widely associated with traditional cowboy dress, and are generally most common in the western areas of the country. The bola tie was made the official neckwear of Arizona in 1971.

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