One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sword, especially a type of sabre.‘the crowd poked at me with sticks and sheathed talwars’
- ‘As with the previous engagements, the fighting was bitter, with close hand to hand fighting; the Sikhs preferring to rely on their tulwars whilst the British pressed forward with their bayonets.’
- ‘Tribesmen whose skill lies more in the blade than the bow become bladesmen, wielding the tulwar with grace and speed.’
- ‘The point of having a curve in a tulwar or a kirpan is to enable you to perform ‘draw cuts’.’
- ‘My tulwar has a hilt that was clearly made for someone with smaller hands than I.’
- ‘They then used talwars to ward off the police.’
Early 19th century: Hindi talvār from Sanskrit taravāri.
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