variants or less commonly swine's-pike
plural swine's-feathers also swine's-pikes
: a stake or spear resembling a bayonet formerly fixed in a musket rest or placed in the ground to hinder cavalry

Word History


translation of German schweinsfeder; so called from its being originally used as a hunting weapon

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“Swine's-feather.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swine%27s-feather. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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