[fawl-chuh n, -shuh n]
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Origin of falchion

1275–1325; Middle English fauchoun (with l restored in 16th cent.) < Old French fauchon < Vulgar Latin *falciōn-, stem of falciō, derivative of Latin falx, stem falc- sickle
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  1. a short and slightly curved medieval sword broader towards the point
  2. an archaic word for sword

Word Origin for falchion

C14: from Italian falcione, from falce, from Latin falx sickle
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Word Origin and History for falchion

"broad sword, somewhat curved," c.1300, fauchoun, from Old French fauchon, from Vulgar Latin *falcionem, from diminutive of Latin falx "sickle."

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