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fauchard

[foh-shahr; French foh-shar] /foʊˈʃɑr; French foʊˈʃar/
noun, plural fauchards
[foh-shahrz; French foh-shar] /foʊˈʃɑrz; French foʊˈʃar/ (Show IPA)
1.
a shafted weapon having a knifelike blade with a convex cutting edge and a beak on the back for catching the blade of an aggressor's weapon.
Origin
< French; Old French fauchart, equivalent to fauch(er) to cut with a scythe (< Vulgar Latin *falcāre, derivative of Latin falx, stem falc- sickle) + -art -art
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