Swords and Knives.


First published in July 2011

Word Definition
anelace(Arch.) a short two-edged dagger.
ataghan(Turkish) a Muslim long curved knife.
barong(Moro) a broad-bladed Philippine knife.
baselard(Obs.) a short sword or dagger, worn in the fifteenth century.
bilbo(Spanish) a rapier or sword > BILBOS or BILBOES.
boloA traditional long-bladed Philippine knife.
claymore(Gaelic) a large sword.
curtanaA sword without a point, symbolic of mercy.
cuttoA large knife > CUTTOES.
espada(Spanish) a sword, esp. as used by a matador.
estoc(Fr.) a short sword.
falchionA broad curved sword.
glaive(Obs.) a broadsword.
handjar(Persian) a Persian dagger.
jambiya(Arabic) a Middle Eastern curved dagger with two edges.
katana(Japanese) a long single-edged samurai sword.
khanda(Punjabi) a double-edged Sikh sword.
kirpan(Punjabi) a small sword or dagger worn by Sikhs.
kris(Malay) a dagger or short sword used by the Malays, commonly having a serpentine blade > KRISES.
macheteA broad heavy knife used for cutting or as a weapon
panga(Swahili) an African knife, like a machete.
quillon(Fr.) the arm of the cross-guard of a sword handle.
schlager(Ger.) a duelling sword used in some German universities.
semitar(Obs.) a curved sword, a scimitar.
shabble(Scots) an old rusty sword.
skean(Gaelic) a double-edged dagger used in Ireland and Scotland.
spadroon(Hist.) a sword, especially a broadsword, formerly used both to cut and thrust.
toledo(Spanish) a sword or sword blade made at Toledo in Spain, which city was famous in the 16th and 17th centuries for the excellence of its weapons > TOLEDOS.
tsuba(Japanese) a metal plate at the top of a Japanese scabbard, serving as a sword-guard.
tulwar(Hindi) an Indian sabre.
yatagan(Turkish) a Muslim long curved knife.