scimitar

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First attested in 1548.

From Middle French cimeterre (15c.) or directly from Italian scimitarra, possibly from an unknown Ottoman Turkish word, from Persian شمشیر ‎(šamšir, sword), from Middle Persian šmšyl ‎(šamšēr) / špšyl ‎(šafšēr, sword).

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scimitar ‎(plural scimitars)

  1. A sword of Persian origin that features a curved blade.
  2. A long-handled billhook.

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