xyston

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Etymology[edit]

Greek ξυστόν- spear, javelin

Noun[edit]

xyston (plural xystons)

  1. A type of long thrusting lance, used in ancient Greece
    • 2004, J. F. C. Fuller, The Generalship of Alexander the Great, p. 47.
      The Companions, like the Thessalian cavalry, were a well-mounted force armed with cuirass and the short thrusting spear (xyston) for close combat.