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spontoon

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noun spon·toon \spän-ˈtün\

Definition of spontoon

  1. :  a short pike formerly borne by subordinate officers of infantry



Origin and Etymology of spontoon

French sponton, from Italian spuntone, from punta sharp point, from Vulgar Latin *puncta — more at point


First Known Use: 1598


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