太刀

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Japanese[edit]

A back view of a samurai with a tachi in armor wearing a sashimono, holding a spear and a severed head.
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Etymology[edit]

/tati/ [tatɕi]. The nominalized form of verb tat- (to sever). The kanji are ateji. Originally written as 大刀 "great sword" represented by straight swords, later written as 太刀 to represent curved swords.

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太刀 (hiragana たち, romaji tachi)

  1. a type of long sword

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