scim·​i·​tar | \ ˈsi-mə-tər How to pronounce scimitar (audio) , -ˌtär\

Definition of scimitar

: a saber having a curved blade with the edge on the convex side and used chiefly by Arabs and Turks

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At his feet is the lion, sleek, alert, tail curled like a scimitar, mouth opened wide in a growl. New York Times, "What Leonardo da Vinci Couldn’t Finish," 11 July 2019 This particular protocol, which is routinely used in farmed cattle, was developed specifically for use with scimitar-horned oryx at SCBI in 2000. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "New Artificial Insemination Technique Successfully Breeds Critically Endangered Scimitar-Horned Oryx," 10 July 2018 Historical fencing makes a genuine attempt at historical accuracy, with all the clunky, cumbersome plates of metal or weighty weaves of chainmail designed to protect one from the strikes of a scimitar. Mauricio Savarese, Fox News, "World Cup host set for historical fencing to forget soccer," 1 July 2018 As the engine gets older, the blades of the fan (scimitar shaped, hollow, and made of a titanium alloy) may become more brittle and begin to crack. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "How a cracked fan blade (probably) ended a decade of no US air travel fatalities," 18 Apr. 2018 And though wild goats may not sound like an exotic sighting, billies (the males) weigh up to 200 pounds and sport scimitar-like horns that can grow up to five feet long. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "Believe It or Not, You Can Safari in New Mexico," 16 Apr. 2018 The small plane is propelled by giant custom five-bladed scimitar props and has a 52-foot wing span. Diane Bell,, "Adventure seeker plans to fly over both poles in 1983 aircraft," 9 Apr. 2018 The scimitar-horned oryx, for example, was declared extinct in the wild in 2000. WSJ, "Controlled Hunting Has Boosted Species in the U.S.," 19 Dec. 2017 Still another drawer held fragments of the scimitar-toothed cat. Brendan Gibbons, San Antonio Express-News, "Friesenhahn Cave just outside S.A. yielded treasure trove of Ice Age fossils," 17 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of scimitar

1562, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scimitar

Italian scimitarra

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English Language Learners Definition of scimitar

: a sword with a curved blade that was used in the past especially in the Middle East and western Asia

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