from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A curved one-edged sword or war-knife used by Germanic and Celtic peoples; specifically, the largest weapon of this sort, having a blade sometimes 20 inches in length.
  • n. In heraldry, a bearing representing a weapon more or less like the above, but often approaching the form of a simitar, to distinguish it from which it is then engrailed at the back.


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  • Most of the objects are associated with weapons and war gear, e.g. 84 pommel caps and 71 hilt fittings from swords or seaxes a seax was a long fighting knife or short sword have been identified so far.

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  • In his belt was a short, heavy, one-edged sword, or rather a long knife, called the seax ... used for close quarters. "


  • Against her side, beneath her cloak, she could feel the leather sheath of the seax and wondered if she would have the courage and swiftness to use it.

    The Falcons of Montabard

  • And then I knew that my own weapons lay beside me, and I sprang up, and grasped the sword and seax in haste to buckle them on.

    A King's Comrade A Story of Old Hereford

  • Perhaps that was because, being in hunting gear and with naught more than the short sword and seax one always wears, we had no weapons, and were plainly on peaceful business.

    A King's Comrade A Story of Old Hereford

  • Then I clad myself in all feasting finery, with Carl's handsome sword at my side, and a seax, which Ecgbert had given me to match it, also handy to my right hand in my belt.

    A King's Comrade A Story of Old Hereford

  • Then came into my mind the words of my father, who would ever tell me that he is basest who would slay an unarmed foe, or smite a fallen man; and hastily I put back the seax again, lest I should be tempted to become base as men had said I was; for I hold treachery to be of the same nature as that of which my father warned me.

    A Thane of Wessex

  • Mine, too, was the baldric from which it hung, and mine was the seax that balanced it, close to the right hand in the belt.

    A Thane of Wessex

  • However, I would not speak more of this to such as he, and I bade him cease his prating, and answer plainly my first question, laying my hand on my seax as if to draw it.

    A Thane of Wessex

  • Telling him, then, that I would not run the chance of his falling on me from behind, I took his dagger and the seax they had given me, and stuck them in the ground a full hundred yards away, and then bade him, when I was out of sight, crawl thither as best he might and so loose himself.

    A Thane of Wessex


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