Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large knife used in war: especially applied to weapons of primitive times and in a general sense: as, the war-knife of the Anglo-Saxons; the war-knife of the New Zealanders.

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Examples

  • In old time old men say Ingin make work-knife, war-knife, arrow-head, axe, all ting he want when can't buy.

    Adrift in the Ice-Fields

  • At last the king wielded his wits again, war-knife drew,

    Beowulf

  • Indian covered with bark, and painted most skilfully, with his war-knife by his side. '

    Curious, if True Strange Tales

  • Val gave him a long, fixed and triumphant look, -- such a look as a savage gives his worst enemy, when he gets him beneath his knee, and brandishes his war-knife, before plunging it in his throat.

    Valentine M'Clutchy, The Irish Agent The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two

  • "If they come to the house and find you away, they will take your stores and burn your roof, suspecting that you are afraid to meet them openly; but they will not harm you if you meet them with open hand and fearless brow: if they eat of your bread, they will not harm you; me they would kill by a cruel death -- the war-knife is in their heart against the daughter of the _brave_."

    Canadian Crusoes

  • "If they come to the house and find you away, they will take your stores and burn your roof, suspecting that you are afraid to meet them openly; but they will not harm you if you meet them with open hand and fearless brow: if they eat of your bread, they will not harm you; me they would kill by a cruel death -- the war-knife is in their heart against the daughter of the brave."

    Lost in the Backwoods

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