Scimiter

scimitar

[sim-i-ter]
noun
a curved, single-edged sword of Oriental origin.
Also, scimiter, simitar.


Origin:
1540–50; < Italian scimitarra, ultimately < Persian

scimitared, adjective
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scimitar or (rarely) simitar (ˈsɪmɪtə)
 
n
an oriental sword with a curved blade broadening towards the point
 
[C16: from Old Italian scimitarra, probably from Persian shimshīr, of obscure origin]
 
simitar or (rarely) simitar
 
n
 
[C16: from Old Italian scimitarra, probably from Persian shimshīr, of obscure origin]

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scimitar
1548, from M.Fr. cimeterre (15c.) or It. scimitarra, of uncertain origin. Turkish would be the expected source, but no such word has been found there. Perhaps from Pers. shimshir (pronounced "shamsher," cf. Gk. sampsera "a barbarian sword," from this source), but OED finds this "unsatisfactory as to
form." Many early variations; the modern spelling is from influence of the It. form of the word.
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