spontoon

spontoon

[spon-toon]
noun
a shafted weapon having a pointed blade with crossbar at its base, used by infantry officers in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Also called half-pike.


Origin:
1590–1600; < French esponton < Italian spuntone, equivalent to s- ex-1 + puntone kind of weapon (literally, pointed object) (punt(o) point + -one augmentative suffix)

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spontoon (spɒnˈtuːn)
 
n
a form of halberd carried by some junior infantry officers in the 18th and 19th centuries
 
[C18: from French esponton, from Italian spuntone, from puntopoint]

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