from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A curved Asian sword with the edge on the convex side.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sword of Persian origin that features a curved blade.
- n. A long-handled billhook.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See simitar.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a curved oriental saber; the edge is on the convex side of the blade
French cimeterre and Italian scimitarra, both perhaps ultimately from Persian šamšīr, šimšīr, from Middle Persian šafšēr, šifšēr.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
The word scimitar, known in English since 1548, derived from Medieval French cimeterre (15c.) or directly from Italian scimitarra, of unknown origin. Ottoman Turkish would be the expected source, but no such word has been found there. (Wiktionary)