Maul is both the name of a heavy hammer, and also a verb meaning beating and scratching. Tigers, lions, bears––animals with powerful paws and sharp claws, will maul their victims.

The maul came to be used as a weapon in the late Middle Ages––if your opponent is wearing armor that a steel sword-blade can't penetrate, you can still inflict damage by mauling them with a hammer. You might not be able to stab your opponent, but at least you can maul them.

Definitions of maul
  1. verb
    injure badly by beating
    synonyms: mangle
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    type of:
    blemish, deface, disfigure
    mar or spoil the appearance of
  2. noun
    a heavy long-handled hammer used to drive stakes or wedges
    synonyms: sledge, sledgehammer
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    type of:
    a hand tool with a heavy rigid head and a handle; used to deliver an impulsive force by striking
  3. verb
    split (wood) with a maul and wedges
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    type of:
    cleave, rive, split
    separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument
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