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  1. guisarme.
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or gi·sarme

  1. a shafted weapon having as a head a curved, double-edged blade with a beak at the back.
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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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Historical Examples of gisarme

  • The gisarme is said to be the weapon called the brown bill by Chaucer.

    Cassell's History of England, Vol. I (of 9)


  • The Gisarme is a long-handled weapon which some writers consider to have been much the same as the Pole-axe.

    Armour &amp; 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.

British Dictionary definitions for gisarme


  1. a long-shafted battle-axe with a sharp point on the back of the axe head
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Word Origin for gisarme

C13: from Old French guisarme, probably from Old High German getīsarn weeding tool, from getan to weed + īsarn iron
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