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landsknecht

[German lahnts-knekht] /German ˈlɑntsˌknɛxt/
noun
1.
a European mercenary foot soldier of the 16th century, armed with a pike or halberd.
Also, lansquenet.
Origin
< German; see land, 's1, knight
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landsknecht

/ˈlæntskəˌnɛkt/
noun
1.
a mercenary foot soldier in late 15th-, 16th-, and 17th-century Europe, esp a German pikeman
Word Origin
German, literally: landknight
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