[ey-pey, ep-ey]
noun Fencing.
a rapier with a three-sided blade and a guard over the tip.
the art or sport of fencing with an épée, points being made by touching any part of the opponent's body with the tip of the weapon.
Also, epee.

1885–90; < French: sword < Latin spatha sword < Greek spáthē blade. See spade1

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épée (ˈɛpeɪ, French epe)
a sword similar to the foil but with a larger guard and a heavier blade of triangular cross section
[C19: from French: sword, from Latin spatha, from Greek spathē blade; see spade1]

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Word Origin & History

1889, from Fr. épée, lit. "sword" from O.Fr. espe, from L. spatha (see epaulet).
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Open to both males and females, the year-round program utilizes all three weapons: foil, epee and sabre.
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