- a shafted weapon having as a head a curved, double-edged blade with a beak at the back.
Origin of guisarme
1200–50; Middle English < Old French g(u)isarme, gisarne, probably of Germanic orig.; compare Old High German getīsarn, literally, weeding iron, equivalent to get(an) to weed (German jäten) + īsarn iron
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Examples from the Web for gisarme
The gisarme is said to be the weapon called the brown bill by Chaucer.
The Gisarme is a long-handled weapon which some writers consider to have been much the same as the Pole-axe.Armour & Weapons
Charles John Ffoulkes
Gisarme, s. a weapon bearing a scythe-like blade fixed on a shaft and provided also with a spear-point like a bayonet, C 5978.
- a long-shafted battle-axe with a sharp point on the back of the axe head
C13: from Old French guisarme, probably from Old High German getīsarn weeding tool, from getan to weed + īsarn iron
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