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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)
Also called half-pike.
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  1. 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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