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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Recent Examples on the Web You probably won’t, but instead just grab the steak knife like a scimitar and get in there. Grace Wong,, "Craving: Indian food — from traditional to modern takes, tracking down Chicago’s best," 3 Oct. 2019 Quentin, wearing only a loincloth, is strapped into a restraining wooden contraption while a Muslim, identified by his beard, hooked nose and the scimitar hanging at his side, hammers a giant spike into the saint’s shoulder. Steven Litt,, "‘Medieval Monsters’ exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art surveys images used to inspire fear, hatred and wonder," 1 Sep. 2019 To me, a teenager in a half-slouch behind the counter at the bookstore, each page was an astonishment: raunchy and vicious and wild, all of it in prose sharp as a scimitar. David Canfield,, "Get a glimpse into Anthony Bourdain’s legacy in The Last Interview exclusive book excerpt," 19 Aug. 2019 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

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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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The first known use of scimitar was in 1562

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“Scimitar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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