丈八蛇矛

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Chinese[edit]

ten feet eight; 8 a long lance
simp. and trad.
(丈八蛇矛)
蛇矛

Etymology[edit]

(1.8 zhang: 4.158 meters or 13 feet 7.708776 inches) + 蛇矛 ("snake lance"; long lance)

  • Contrary to popular belief, the snake is more likely a reference to the lance's length rather than the shape of the lance's head.

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Proper noun[edit]

丈八蛇矛

  1. (archaic) the long lance used by Zhang Fei
Zhang Fei's weapon may have looked something like the one in this Qing Dynasty handscroll, but slightly longer

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