丈八蛇矛

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Etymology[edit]

(1.8 zhang: 4.158 meters or 13 feet 7.708776 inches) + 蛇矛 ("snake lance"; long lance)

  • Contrary to popular belief, the snake is more likely a reference to the lance's length rather than the shape of the lance's head.

Proper noun[edit]

丈八蛇矛 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin Zhàng bā shémáo)

  1. (archaic) the long lance used by Zhang Fei
Zhang Fei's weapon may have looked something like the one in this Qing Dynasty handscroll, but slightly longer

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References[edit]

  • "丈八蛇矛" (in Mandarin), Baidu on-line Encyclopedia. URL accessed on 2008-03-03.