cinquedea

cinquedea

[ching-kwi-dee-uh, -dey-uh]
noun
an Italian short sword of the late 15th and early 16th centuries having a broad, tapering blade, often richly ornamented.

Origin:
1895–1900; < Italian, equivalent to cinque five (≪ Latin quīnque) + dea (dial.) fingers, akin to dito finger (< Latin digitus; see digit)

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