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half-pike

[ haf-pahyk, hahf- ]
/ ˈhæfˌpaɪk, ˈhɑf- /
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noun

a short pike formerly used by sailors boarding enemy vessels.

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Origin of half-pike

First recorded in 1590–1600
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