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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 of fauchard
< 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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  • He dropped his fauchard over his shoulder, and stood aside, staring impudently at the Maiden, and muttering foul words.

    A Monk of Fife Andrew Lang
  • She passed, with her two gentlemen, but the French sentinel barred the way, holding his fauchard thwartwise.

    A Monk of Fife Andrew Lang

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