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Scimitar

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Etymology

First attested in 1548.

From Middle French cimeterre (15c.) or directly from Italian scimitarra, possibly from an unknown Ottoman Turkish word, ultimately from Persian (?am?ir, "sword").

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /'s?m?t?:?/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /'s?m?t?(?)/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -?m?t?(?)

Noun

scimitar (plural scimitars)

  1. A sword of Persian origin that features a curved blade.
    • c. 1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act II scene i[1]:
      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. [...]
  2. A long-handled billhook.

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Verb

scimitar (third-person singular simple present scimitars, present participle scimitaring, simple past and past participle scimitared)

  1. (transitive) To strike or slice with, or as if with, a scimitar.

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