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spontoon

[ spon-toon ]
/ spɒnˈtun /
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noun

a shafted weapon having a pointed blade with crossbar at its base, used by infantry officers in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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Origin of spontoon

1590–1600; <French esponton<Italian spuntone, equivalent to s-ex-1 + puntone kind of weapon (literally, pointed object) (punt(o) point + -one augmentative suffix)
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spontoon
/ (spɒnˈtuːn) /

noun

a form of halberd carried by some junior infantry officers in the 18th and 19th centuries

Word Origin for spontoon

C18: from French esponton, from Italian spuntone, from punto point
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