太刀

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A back view of a samurai with a tachi in armor wearing a sashimono, holding a spear and a severed head.

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Etymology[edit]

From the nominalized form of 断つ (tatsu, to sever, verb). The kanji are jukujikun (熟字訓). Originally written as 大刀 (literally great katana) represented by straight swords, later written as 太刀 to represent curved swords.

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Noun[edit]

太刀 (hiragana たち, rōmaji tachi)

  1. a type of long sword

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