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katana

noun
  1. a long, curved single-edged sword traditionally used by Japanese samurai
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Word Origin for katana

C18: Japanese
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Historical Examples of katana

  • The two swords, the longer and the shorter—called respectively daito and shoto or katana and wakizashi—never leave his side.

    Bushido, the Soul of Japan

    Inazo Nitob

  • Before long, another Arab met us with the news that there was an encampment of Druses on the plain between us and Katana.

  • Katana, our resting-place for the night, lay below us, buried in orchards of olive and orange.


Word Origin and History for katana

n.

1610s, from Japanese.

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