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main gauche

[French man gohsh]
noun
  1. a dagger of the 16th and 17th centuries, held in the left hand in dueling and used to parry the sword of an opponent.
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Origin of main gauche

< French: literally, left hand
Also called left-hand dagger.
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Historical Examples

  • The Main-gauche is also of the dagger order, but has a broad knuckle-guard and long straight quillons.

    Armour &amp; Weapons

    Charles John Ffoulkes