brackmard

noun

brack·​mard
ˈbrakˌmär(d)
plural -s
: a short straight broadsword

Word History

Etymology

French braquemart, from Middle French, alteration of bragamas, probably from Middle Dutch breecmes, from brēken to break + mes, mets knife; akin to Old English brecan to break and to Old English metseax food knife, Old High German mezzisahs, mezzirahs knife, Middle Low German metset, mest, Old Saxon mezas, all from a West Germanic compound whose components are akin respectively to Old English mete food, meat, and to Old English seax knife

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“Brackmard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brackmard. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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