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a long, curved single-edged sword traditionally used by Japanese samurai
Word Origin
C18: Japanese
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Historical Examples
  • katana, our resting-place for the night, lay below us, buried in orchards of olive and orange.

    The Lands of the Saracen Bayard Taylor
  • Before long, another Arab met us with the news that there was an encampment of Druses on the plain between us and katana.

    The Lands of the Saracen Bayard Taylor
  • The two swords, the longer and the shorter—called respectively daito and shoto or katana and wakizashi—never leave his side.

Contemporary definitions for katana

a passion for sitting down; also written cathisomania

See cathisomania

Word Origin

Greek kathizein 'to sit''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for katana

1610s, from Japanese.

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