Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A curved Asian sword with the edge on the convex side.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See simitar.

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  • noun A sword of Persian origin that features a curved blade.
  • noun A long-handled billhook.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a curved oriental saber; the edge is on the convex side of the blade

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French cimeterre and Italian scimitarra, both perhaps ultimately from Persian šamšēr (Modern Iranian Persian šamšīr), from Middle Persian šafšēr, šafšēr.]

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The word scimitar, known in English since 1548, derived from Medieval French cimeterre (15c.) or directly from Italian scimitarra, of unknown origin. Ottoman Turkish would be the expected source, but no such word has been found there.

Examples

  • Initially interpreted as a representation of a cave lion, it was reinterpreted by Vratislav Mazak (1970) as more likely being a depiction of the sabre-tooth Homotherium latidens (a species sometimes dubbed the scimitar cat).

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  • This cavalier with his scimitar was my uncle, who was then in command of the province.

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  • The sheathed scimitar, which is attached to a cloth belt and normally worn discreetly under clothes, is one of five "articles of faith" that baptised Sikhs must be carried at all times.

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  • The sheathed scimitar, which is attached to a cloth belt and normally worn discreetly under clothes, is one of five "articles of faith" that baptised Sikhs must be carried at all times.

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  • It is plainly this that is meant, when persons disinclined to speak out give us a circumlocution of delicate phrases, "the conservative energies of the public institutions," "the majesty of the law," perhaps, and others of similar cast; -- which fine phrases suggest to one's imagination the ornamented fashion of the handle and sheath of the scimitar, which is not the less keen, nor the less ready to be drawn, for all this finery that hides and garnishes so menacing a symbol of power.

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  • The only stand any of them made was on our right, where three of them stood, and, by signs, called the rest to come back to them, having a kind of scimitar in their hands, and their bows hanging to their backs.

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  • It had a kind of scimitar-shaped blade I had used when at work on rigging.

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  • The only stand any of them made was on our right, where three of them stood, and, by signs, called the rest to come back to them, having a kind of scimitar in their hands, and their bows hanging to their backs.

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  • The only stand any of them made was on our right, where three of them stood, and, by signs, called the rest to come back to them, having a kind of scimitar in their hands, and their bows hanging to their backs.

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  • "My morning draught is the cleaving of heads and breasts; my scimitar is my cup — no cup of

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