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main gauche

[French man gohsh] /French mɛ̃ ˈgoʊʃ/
noun
1.
a dagger of the 16th and 17th centuries, held in the left hand in dueling and used to parry the sword of an opponent.
Also called left-hand dagger.
Origin of main gauche
< French: literally, left hand
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  • The main-gauche is also of the dagger order, but has a broad knuckle-guard and long straight quillons.

    Armour & Weapons Charles John Ffoulkes

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