or scim·i·ter, sim·i·tar
- a curved, single-edged sword of Asian, especially Eastern origin.
Origin of scimitar
Examples from the Web for scimitar
The scimitar mouth pulled back in a mad crow of triumph, the face sweating with guilty pleasure.End the Damn Dickmanship!
July 29, 2013
A scimitar between his teeth would be completely in character!Cubs of the Wolf
Raymond F. Jones
Of civet and scimitar I believe it can only be asserted that they are Eastern.English Past and Present
Richard Chevenix Trench
Down came the scimitar with a swish in the direction of his head.
Dropping his scimitar, he then had a struggle for the flute.
At last, he decided in favour of a Turkish robe, with a scimitar and a turban.The Blue Bird for Children
- an oriental sword with a curved blade broadening towards the point
Word Origin and History for scimitar
1540s, cimiterie, from Middle French cimeterre (15c.) or Italian scimitarra, of uncertain origin. Turkish would be the expected source, but no such word has been found there. Perhaps from Persian shimshir (pronounced "shamsher," cf. Greek sampsera "a barbarian sword," from this source), but OED finds this "unsatisfactory as to form." Many early variations; the modern spelling is from influence of the Italian form of the word. Century Dictionary (1902) has simitar as preferred spelling.