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