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From Middle High German tartsche, Middle Low German tartze, tartzge, from French targe, Middle Latin targa, presumably via Middle English targe from Old Norse targa. Old High German had a cognate zarga which gave rise to Zarge "frame". In medieval use of infantry shields, by the 16th century also of equestrian shields; in the later 16th century becomes part of the technical vocabulary of jousting equipment (hence Stechtartsche, Gittertartsche, etc).


Tartsche f ‎(genitive Tartsche, plural Tartschen)

  1. a shield, targe

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