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- n. A double-edged, single-handed sword used by the Ancient Greeks as a secondary weapon after the spear or javelin.
Ancient Greek ξίφος (Wiktionary)
[Greek: Elketo d 'ek koleoio mega xiphos.] -- Il.a. v. 194. and, if Minerva had not appeared, and held his hand, he had executed his design; and it was all she could do to dissuade him from it.