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  • n. An ancient long-handled weapon, of which the head had a point and several long, sharp edges, curved or straight, and sometimes additional points. The heads were sometimes of very elaborate form.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See halberd.


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  • It is now full five months, said one of them, that we have been serving at our own cost. We do not touch one farthing of salary; and, what is worst of all, our very board wages are shamefully in arrear. There is no knowing what footing we are upon. As for me, said the other, I would willingly be tied up to the halbert, and receive a percentage in lashes, for the liberty of changing my berth...

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 8 ch. 3

    Var. of halberd.

    October 3, 2008