halberd

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(1495) Middle French hallebarde, from Middle High German halmbarte (broad-axe with handle), from halm (handle) + barte (hatchet)

an assortment of halberds

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  • IPA(key): /ˈhælbəd/, /ˈhælbɜːd/

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halberd (plural halberds)

  1. A hand weapon consisting of a long pole fitted with a metal head; the head consists of a blade similar to an axe and usually a spike or hook.

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