yat·​a·​ghan ˈya-tə-ˌgan How to pronounce yataghan (audio)
: a long knife or short saber that lacks a guard for the hand at the juncture of blade and hilt and that usually has a double curve to the edge and a nearly straight back

Word History


Turkish yatağan

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of yataghan was in 1815

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“Yataghan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yataghan. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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