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  • n. A ceremonial sword that must be worn at all time by baptized Sikhs, and one of the five Ks.

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  • n. a ceremonial four-inch curved dagger that Sikh men and women are obliged to wear at all times

Etymologies

From Punjabi ਕਿਰਪਾਨ (kirpān), from Sanskrit कृपाण (kr̥pāṇaḥ, "sword, dagger, sacrificial knife"), from  (kalpáyati, "he orders, apportions, cuts, trims"). (Wiktionary)

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