an·​gon ˈaŋ-ˌgän How to pronounce angon (audio)
plural angons
: a type of heavy javelin that resembled a Roman pilum and was used in the early Middle Ages by Germanic warriors (such as the Franks and Anglo-Saxons)
In the royal grave at Sutton Hoo in East Anglia there were six large spears and three angons, or throwing spears, all of different types …Carl Lindahl et al., Medieval Folklore, 2000

Word History


borrowed from Late Greek ángōn, borrowed from Germanic *angōn "sharp point, hook"

First Known Use

1702, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of angon was in 1702

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“Angon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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