Definition of francisca in US English:

francisca

(also francisque, francesca)

noun

historical
  • A type of battleaxe, varying in form, used by the ancient Franks.

Origin

Late 17th century; earliest use found in John Bulteel (d. ?1692), writer and translator. Originally from French francisque from post-classical Latin francisca (636 in Isidore), use as noun (short for e.g. securis francisca Frankish axe) of feminine of franciscus Frankish. In later use also directly from post-classical Latin francisca.

Pronunciation

francisca

/franˈsɪskə/