scab bard


a sheath for a sword or the like. See illus. under scimitar.
verb (used with object)
to put into a scabbard; sheathe.

1250–1300; Middle English scalburde, scauberge (compare Anglo-French escauberz, escauberge, Medieval Latin escauberca) ≪ dissimilated variant of Old High German *skārberga sword-protection. See shear, harbor

scabbardless, adjective
unscabbard, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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scabbard (ˈskæbəd)
a holder for a bladed weapon such as a sword or bayonet; sheath
[C13 scauberc, from Norman French escaubers (pl), of Germanic origin; related to Old High German skār blade and bergan to protect]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from Anglo-Fr. *escauberc "sheath, vagina" (13c.), probably from Frank. *skar "blade" (cf. O.H.G. scar "scissors, blade, sword") + *berg- "protect" (cf. O.H.G. bergan "to protect").
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