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scabbard

[skab-erd] /ˈskæb ərd/
noun
1.
a sheath for a sword or the like.
verb (used with object)
2.
to put into a scabbard; sheathe.
Origin of scabbard
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English scalburde, scauberge (compare Anglo-French escauberz, escauberge, Medieval Latin escauberca) ≪ dissimilated variant of Old High German *skārberga sword-protection. See shear, harbor
Related forms
scabbardless, adjective
unscabbard, verb (used with object)
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  • So each thrust his sword back into the scabbard and entered the pantry.

  • He would not have it in the scabbard, and when I laid it naked in his hand he kissed the hilt.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • Once used they can never be fitted back into the scabbard again.'

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • It was with rust almost as dark a brown as the scabbard that infolded it.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Now, if the sword had never been drawn from the scabbard, how was that to be known to the writer?'

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • The last thing I did was to feel if my revolver were handy and my sword loose in the scabbard.

    The Prisoner of Zenda Anthony Hope
  • I'll away with the scabbard, and sheathe my sword in the bosom of tyranny.

  • Obediently he wheeled to the left, and I caught the swish of his sword as it left the scabbard.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • Reid took it, silent and unmoved, shoved it into his scabbard, walked away.

British Dictionary definitions for scabbard

scabbard

/ˈskæbəd/
noun
1.
a holder for a bladed weapon such as a sword or bayonet; sheath
Word Origin
C13 scauberc, from Norman French escaubers (pl), of Germanic origin; related to Old High German skār blade and bergan to protect
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Word Origin and History for scabbard
n.

c.1300, from Anglo-French *escauberc "sheath, vagina" (13c.), from Frankish or another Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *sker-berg-, literally "sword-protector," from *skar "blade" (cf. Old High German scar "scissors, blade, sword," from PIE *(s)ker- (1) "to cut;" see shear) + *berg- "protect" (cf. Old High German bergan "to protect;" see bury).

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