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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SCIMITER

How many of you have not died of the pest or under the scimiter of the Saracen!

Evidently a scimiter had performed this surgical operation, Pobloff mused.

Now I was shivering with a deadly chill, and the thin keen air cut like a scimiter.

She ran along the gallery, dragging the sword with one hand and with the other clutching the shield and scimiter.

There are scimiter and falchion from the days of Lionheart, inwrought with golden arabesque by fezzed wizards in Teheran.

A man may have a brain as keen as a Damascus scimiter, and yet he is wanting without piety.

"These were but fools," said the Jew as his scimiter fell upon a fourth of these half-armed men.

One of the Turks saw a chance to help his captain and made a vicious blow at his opponent with his scimiter.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, cimiterie, from Middle French cimeterre (15c.) or Italian scimitarra, of uncertain origin. Turkish would be the expected source, but no such word has been found there. Perhaps from Persian shimshir (pronounced "shamsher," cf. Greek sampsera "a barbarian sword," from this source), but OED finds this "unsatisfactory as to form." Many early variations; the modern spelling is from influence of the Italian form of the word. Century Dictionary (1902) has simitar as preferred spelling.

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