plural pickelhauben
or pickelhaubes
: a spiked helmet worn by German soldiers

Word History


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 30 May. 2024.

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