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landsknecht

[German lahnts-knekht]
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noun
  1. a European mercenary foot soldier of the 16th century, armed with a pike or halberd.
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Origin of landsknecht

From German; see origin at land, 's1, knight
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landsknecht

noun
  1. a mercenary foot soldier in late 15th-, 16th-, and 17th-century Europe, esp a German pikeman
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Word Origin

German, literally: landknight
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