brown-bill

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From brown + bill ‘sword’.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

brown-bill (plural brown-bills)

  1. (historical) A type of halberd used by mediaeval foot-soldiers.
    • 1819: The tramp of horses was now heard, and the Lady Rowena appeared, surrounded by several riders, and a much stronger party of footmen, who joyfully shook their pikes and clashed their brown-bills for joy of her freedom. — Walter Scott, Ivanhoe