One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A broad, slightly curved sword with the cutting edge on the convex side.
- ‘The warriors of Klamath were no easy prey either, for they fought with unparalleled skill, bearing elegant scimitars, falchions and glaives.’
- ‘They tried blades of all shape and size, scimitars, falchions, and even Kaelon's own weapon.’
- ‘She had seen how skilled he was with his long falchion, but he bore no standard and no armor aside from the leather vest.’
- ‘His falchion rattled against his side as he ran, still un-drawn.’
- ‘Darius jerked the falchion from its scabbard and charged.’
Middle English fauchon, from Old French, based on Latin falx, falc- ‘sickle’. The -l- was added in the 16th century to conform with the Latin spelling.
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