Definitions

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  • n. A type of halberd used by mediaeval foot-soldiers.

Etymologies

From brown + bill ‘sword’. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “I am just now like the half-pike, or spontoon of Achilles, one end of which could wound and the other cure — a property belonging neither to Spanish pike, brown-bill, partizan, halberd, Lochaber-axe, or indeed any other modern staff-weapon whatever.”

    A Legend of Montrose

  • He is fitter to do the juggling tricks of the Norman chivalry than to maintain the fame and honour of his English ancestry with the glaive and brown-bill, the good old weapons of his country. ''

    Ivanhoe

  • ` ` I am just now like the half-pike, or spontoon of Achilles, one end of which could wound, and the other cure --- a property belonging neither to Spanish pike, brown-bill, partizan, halberd,

    A Legend of Montrose

  • The sentinel who was stationed there, armed with a brown-bill, or species of partisan, reported that he had heard no motion in the apartment during the whole night.

    Waverley Novels — Volume 12

  • = brown-bill =: a weapon consisting of a long staff with a hook-shaped blade at the top.

    The Literary World Seventh Reader

  • He is fitter to do the juggling tricks of the Norman chivalry than to maintain the fame and honour of his English ancestry with the glaive and brown-bill, the good old weapons of his country.”

    Ivanhoe

  • English ancestry with the [v] glaive and [v] brown-bill, the good old weapons of the country. "

    The Literary World Seventh Reader

  • He is fitter to do the juggling tricks of the Norman chivalry than to maintain the fame and honour of his English ancestry with the glaive and brown-bill, the good old weapons of his country. "

    Ivanhoe. A Romance

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