Medieval Term of the Day: Falchion

Falchion
Pronunciation: [fawl-chuhn, -shuhn]
Etymology: Middle English fauchoun, from Anglo-French fauchun, from faucher to mow, from Vulgar Latin *falcare, from Latin falc-, falx


1) Broad-bladed cutting weapon.
   (Prestwich, Michael. Armies and Warfare in the Middle Ages: The English Experience, 347)

2) Short, curved single-edged sword with a broad blade, used for cleaving blows.
   (Wise, Terence. Medieval Warfare, 248)

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