or scim·i·ter, sim·i·tar
- scilly islands,
- scilly isles,
- scimitar foot,
- scimitar oryx,
- scimitar sign,
Origin of scimitar
Examples from the Web for scimitar
The scimitar mouth pulled back in a mad crow of triumph, the face sweating with guilty pleasure.
Over 6000 of them either fell under the scimitar or were taken prisoner.The Book of Missionary Heroes|Basil Mathews
Tinker received a scimitar from the hands of Mr. Figgins, and flourished it gaily round his head.Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks|Bracebridge Hemyng
In Curzon's figure the lion is standing, not 'couchant', as stated by Malcolm, and grasps a scimitar in his off forepaw.Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official|William Sleeman
Word Origin for scimitar
1540s, cimiterie, from Middle French cimeterre (15c.) or Italian scimitarra, of uncertain origin. Turkish would be the expected source, but no such word has been found there. Perhaps from Persian shimshir (pronounced "shamsher," cf. Greek sampsera "a barbarian sword," from this source), but OED finds this "unsatisfactory as to form." Many early variations; the modern spelling is from influence of the Italian form of the word. Century Dictionary (1902) has simitar as preferred spelling.