Scimiter

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scimiter A long-handled billhook. See Billhook.
    • Scimiter A saber with a much curved blade having the edge on the convex side, -- in use among Mohammedans, esp., the Arabs and persians.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. cimeterre, cf. It. scimitarra, Sp. cimitarra,; fr. Biscayan cimetarra, with a sharp edge; or corrupted from Per. shimshīr,

Usage

In literature:

One of the Turks saw a chance to help his captain and made a vicious blow at his opponent with his scimiter.
"Dewey and Other Naval Commanders" by Edward S. Ellis
Evidently a scimiter had performed this surgical operation, Pobloff mused.
"Visionaries" by James Huneker
The terrible scimiters of the Turks hewed them down in all directions; some, who sought to fly, were literally cut to pieces.
"Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf" by George W. M. Reynolds
Yet they charged on, shooting at the torches and driving ahead with flashing scimiters.
"Tahara" by Harold M. Sherman
How many of you have not died of the pest or under the scimiter of the Saracen!
"The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman" by Eugène Sue
There are scimiter and falchion from the days of Lionheart, inwrought with golden arabesque by fezzed wizards in Teheran.
"The Army Mule and Other War Sketches" by Henry A. Castle
With the shield held forward, as though to guard the doctor, and the scimiter raised aloft, she stood gazing on the trembling crowd.
"The Carter Girls' Mysterious Neighbors" by Nell Speed
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