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scabbard

[skab-erd] /ˈskæb ərd/
noun
1.
a sheath for a sword or the like.
verb (used with object)
2.
to put into a scabbard; sheathe.
Origin
1250-1300
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
Related forms
scabbardless, adjective
unscabbard, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for scabbardless

scabbard

/ˈskæbəd/
noun
1.
a holder for a bladed weapon such as a sword or bayonet; sheath
Word Origin
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 and History for scabbardless

scabbard

n.

c.1300, from Anglo-French *escauberc "sheath, vagina" (13c.), from Frankish or another Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *sker-berg-, literally "sword-protector," from *skar "blade" (cf. Old High German scar "scissors, blade, sword," from PIE *(s)ker- (1) "to cut;" see shear) + *berg- "protect" (cf. Old High German bergan "to protect;" see bury).

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