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cinquedea

[ching-kwi-dee-uh, -dey-uh] /ˌtʃɪŋ kwɪˈdi ə, -ˈdeɪ ə/
noun
1.
an Italian short sword of the late 15th and early 16th centuries having a broad, tapering blade, often richly ornamented.
Origin of cinquedea
1895-1900
1895-1900; < Italian, equivalent to cinque five (≪ Latin quīnque) + dea (dial.) fingers, akin to dito finger (< Latin digitus; see digit)
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  • The Anelace and cinquedea are broad-bladed short weapons used for stabbing only.

    Armour & Weapons Charles John Ffoulkes

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