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A kind of straight Persian short sword.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Henry Hammond (1605–1660), Church of England clergyman and theologian. From classical Latin acīnacēs Persian short sword from ancient Greek ἀκινάκης, apparently from an Iranian language; compare Sogdian kyn'k knife, sword.
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