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First attested in 1548.
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈsɪmɪtɑːɹ/
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsɪmɪtə(ɹ)/
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- Rhymes: -ɪmɪtə(ɹ)
scimitar (plural scimitars)
- A sword of Persian origin that features a curved blade.
- c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene i]:
- The Prince of Morocco:
[…] By this scimitar,
That slew the Sophy and a Persian prince
That won three fields of Sultan Solyman,
I would outstare the sternest eyes that look,
Outbrave the heart most daring on earth,
Pluck the young sucking cubs from the she-bear,
Yea, mock the lion when he roars for prey,
To win thee, lady. […]
- A long-handled billhook.
sword with curved blade
- (transitive) To strike or slice with, or as if with, a scimitar.