scimitar

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Etymology[edit]

First attested in 1548.

From Old French cimeterre (15c.) or directly from Italian scimitarra, possibly from an unknown Ottoman Turkish word, from Persian شمشیر (šamšir, sword), from Middle Persian šmšyl (šamšēr) / špšyl (šafšēr, sword).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈsɪmɪtɑː(ɹ)/
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Noun[edit]

scimitar (plural scimitars)

  1. A sword of Persian origin that features a curved blade.
  2. A long-handled billhook.

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