poniard

[pon-yerd]
noun
1.
a small, slender dagger.
verb (used with object)
2.
to stab with a poniard.

Origin:
1580–90; < French poignard, derivative of poing fist < Latin pugnus; see -ard

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poniard (ˈpɒnjəd)
 
n
1.  a small dagger with a slender blade
 
vb
2.  (tr) to stab with a poniard
 
[C16: from Old French poignard dagger, from poing fist, from Latin pugnus; related to Latin pugnāre to fight]

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poniard
1588, from M.Fr. poinard (1519), from O.Fr. poignal "dagger," lit. "anything grasped with the fist," from poing "fist," from L. pungus "fist." Probably altered in Fr. by association with poindre "to stab." Cf. L. pugnus "fist," pugio "dagger."
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We've got a long pig-iron poniard with a fingerprint-proof handle made of tightly wrapped string.
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