halberd

[ hal-berd, hawl-, hol-; formerly haw-berd ]SEE DEFINITION OF halberd
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HALBERD

You have a halberd and I a sword, let us start our wanderings over the world.

Bersi had a halberd in one hand and a staff in the other, and Halldor had Whitting.

Then, dropping the halberd, he seized a spade and began the first embankment.

It seems it's a kind of halberd—a sort of cross between a spear and an ax.

They carry a halberd, or sort of lance with a sharp blade at the end.

Now he turned to a man with a halberd who stood at his heel.

In his hand he held the halberd with which Auriol had been wounded.

And at the sally she came out the foremost with her halberd in her hand to pursue the chase.

And waving his halberd above his head, he beckoned to his followers to advance.

One in an antique costume, and bearing a halberd, acted as marshal.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., from Middle French hallebarde (earlier alabarde, 15c.), from Middle High German halmbarte "broad-axe with handle," from halm "handle" (see helm) + barte "hatchet," possibly from Proto-Germanic *bardoz "beard," also "hatchet, broadax." Alternative etymology [Kluge, Darmesteter] traces first element to helm "helmet," making the weapon an axe for smashing helmets.

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