Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of straight sword originating from the 1st-century Roman Empire. It was worn typically by calvary officers and is a long version of the left shaped gladius.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A spathe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A broadsword, thin, pointed, and double-edged, such as was used by the Franks and kindred peoples.
  • n. In botany, same as spathe.

Etymologies

From Latin spatha, from Ancient Greek σπάθη (spáthē, "any broad blade, of wood or metal") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I wasn't surprised to learn that a large, heavy, straight sword of similar length and size to the Khanda sword called a spatha was used by Roman cavalry, and it relatively quickly replaced the gladius, especially among the officer class like Centurions.

    Rajput Warrior vs. Roman Centurion

  • It was a long, cutting sword, of the sort called a spatha among the wagons.

    Mercenaries Of Gor

  • Galba drew his sword, the spatha rasping as it came out of its scabbard, and put its point under her chin.

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  • With their hasta spear, three light throwing javelins, and long spatha sword, the cavalry could alternately break the barbarian line, harass it, or cut and chop in a general melee.

    Hadrian's Wall.html

  • In preparation for this moment he'd donned his parade uniform: slave-polished chain mail atop a quilted tunic, golden neck torque and armbands of valor, a silver shoal of phalarae medals on his chest, and the long spatha sword of the Petriana cavalry, its blade coated with olive oil and its pommel gleaming where his thumb rubbed its gold.

    Hadrian's Wall.html

  • This plant has narrow pointed leaves, four inches long, and produces at the ends of the shoots a red spatha, enclosing a cylindrical spadix of yellow flowers.

    Narrative of an expedition undertaken for the exploration of the country lying between Rockingham Bay and Cape York

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    Bachelorette Party, Penises, and Deep Thoughts

  • He had a short, two-edged sword, not as good as a gladius, but better than a spatha; a battle-axe that had seen better days; and a lance with a larger-than-usual head and an extra-heavy shaft.

    The Eternal Mercenary

  • Flowers are produced on slender scapes, 3in. to 4in. long, singly, from the long membranous spatha; they are 1¼in. across the expanded perianth, and about the same length; the six divisions are rather longer than the tube, and of a pale yellow or lemon colour; the crown or nectary is campanulate, longer than the petal-like divisions, lobed, fringed, and of a deep yellow colour.

    Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers Describing the Most Desirable Plants, for Borders, Rockeries, and Shrubberies.

  • [*] The pilum was the Roman pike, and the spatha the short single-edged Roman sword.

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