pick·​el·​hau·​be | \ ˈpikəlˌhau̇bə \
plural pickelhauben\ -​bən \ or pickelhaubes

Definition of pickelhaube

: a spiked helmet worn by German soldiers

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History and Etymology for pickelhaube

German, alteration (influenced by pickel pickax) of Middle High German beckelhūbe, beckenhūbe, from becken basin (from Old High German beckīn, from Late Latin bacchinon) + hūbe cap (from Old High German hūba); akin to Old English hȳf hive

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“Pickelhaube.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pickelhaube. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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