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  • n. Archaic form of gisarme.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A weapon with a scythe-shaped blade, and a separate long sharp point, mounted on a long staff and carried by foot soldiers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See guisarme.


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  • And then he looked afore him, and there he apperceived and saw come an armed knight, with many lights about him; and this knight had a long gisarm in his hand, and made grim countenance to smite him.

    Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table, Volume 1

  • The usual lance had not been included in the list of arms, the hand-gisarm being substituted in its place.

    Men of Iron

  • They consisted of the long sword, the short sword, the dagger, the mace, and a weapon known as the hand-gisarm, or glave-lot -- a heavy swordlike blade eight palms long, a palm in breadth, and riveted to a stout handle of wood three feet long.

    Men of Iron

  • The other struggled to thrust him away, but Myles, letting go the gisarm, which he held with his left hand, clutched him tightly by the sword-belt in the intense, vise-like grip of despair.

    Men of Iron

  • In vain the Earl strove to beat him loose with the shaft of the gisarm, in vain he spurred and reared his horse to shake him off; Myles held him tight, in spite of all his struggles.

    Men of Iron

  • "Nay, look, saw ye him pass the point of the gisarm?"

    Men of Iron

  • Once more the Earl of Alban raised the gisarm, swinging it twice around his head before he struck.

    Men of Iron

  • He sat as still as a rock, holding his gisarm poised in front of him.

    Men of Iron

  • In the battle which followed, Myles fought with the long sword, the Earl with the hand-gisarm for which he had asked.

    Men of Iron

  • When Myles opened his eyes after that moment of stunning silence, it was to see the other looming above him on his war-horse, swinging his gisarm for one last mortal blow -- pitiless, merciless.

    Men of Iron


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