Cutlass (noun)

  1. A short, heavy sword with a curved blade, used by sailors.
  2. A short heavy sword or saber with a curved blade.

Origin:

Mid 16th century: from french coutelas, from old french couteau "knife".

Examples:

  1. The sailors were armed with cutlasses in case of a boarding action.
  2. He kept a cutlass under his pillow for protection.
  3. The cutlass was a weapon of choice for pirates.
  4. The cutlass was used for close-quarters combat.
  5. The cutlass was a versatile weapon that could be used for both cutting and thrusting.
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