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SCIMITAR

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Originally appearing in Volume V24, Page 405 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SCIMITAR, the term generally used of all oriental single-edged curved or crescent-shaped swords (see SWORD). The word has appeared in a variety of forms in English, due to Fr. cimetare, It. scimitarra or Span. cimitarra; it has even been corrupted into " smyter," as if connected with " smite." Most probably it represents an early Western corruption of the Persian word for a sabre, shamshir or shimshir, which means literally " lion's claw " (slier, lion, in Hindustani " tiger," and sham, nail, claw).
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