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sheath knife

a knife carried in a sheath.
Origin of sheath knife
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He wears a beaver hat and swallow-tailed coat, girdled with a sailor-belt and sheath-knife.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • "Yes, a sheath-knife," Paul Nicholas replied a trifle nervously.

    Werwolves Elliott O'Donnell
  • A sheath-knife, red with rust, and with an iron handle—quaint and of an unfamiliar make and pattern.

    A Secret of the Lebombo Bertram Mitford
  • But what are a sheath-knife and a wooden skewer, if not everything that is needed?

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay
  • Bending down, he commenced to dig in the soft soil with the point of his sheath-knife.

    The Lost Valley J. M. Walsh
  • "That's the goose," said Kalle, merrily sticking his sheath-knife into the loaf.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • Blood-poisoning is very frequent, and Captain Jansen, with sheath-knife and sail needle, operates lavishly on one and all.

  • He instantly whipped out his sheath-knife and a handkerchief.

    The One-Way Trail Ridgwell Cullum
  • Its heart had been pierced by the blade of the sheath-knife.

  • Each was to have a rifle or shotgun, or both, and a pistol and sheath-knife.

    Memoirs of Orange Jacobs Orange Jacobs
British Dictionary definitions for sheath-knife

sheath knife

a knife carried in or protected by a sheath
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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