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pas d'âne

[pah dahn] /pɑ ˈdɑn/
noun, plural pas d'âne.
1.
a pair of rings set below and at right angles to the quillons of a sword as a guard for the forefinger.
Origin
< French: a guard on a hilt, literally, ass's step
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