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scimitar

[sim-i-ter] /ˈsɪm ɪ tər/
noun
1.
a curved, single-edged sword of Oriental origin.
Also, scimiter, simitar.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Italian scimitarra, ultimately < Persian
Related forms
scimitared, adjective
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scimitar

/ˈsɪmɪtə/
noun
1.
an oriental sword with a curved blade broadening towards the point
Word Origin
C16: from Old Italian scimitarra, probably from Persian shimshīr, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for scimitar
n.

1540s, cimiterie, from Middle French cimeterre (15c.) or Italian scimitarra, of uncertain origin. Turkish would be the expected source, but no such word has been found there. Perhaps from Persian shimshir (pronounced "shamsher," cf. Greek sampsera "a barbarian sword," from this source), but OED finds this "unsatisfactory as to form." Many early variations; the modern spelling is from influence of the Italian form of the word. Century Dictionary (1902) has simitar as preferred spelling.

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