from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A sword with a straight blade used by the Kabyles of Algeria. The edge is usually curved slightly, as in the yataghan, while the back is straight.


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  • The tent had been a scullion's tent; the poor marmiton had been killed, and lay outside, with his head clean severed by an Arab flissa; his fire had gone out, but his brass pots and pans, his jar of fresh water, and his various preparations for the General's dinner were still there.

    Under Two Flags 1839-1908 Ouida 1873

  • On the surface it seemed as though never was there a life more utterly thrown away than the life of a Guardsman and a gentleman, a man of good blood, high rank, and talented gifts -- had he ever chosen to make anything of them -- buried in the ranks of the Franco-African army; risking a nameless grave in the sand with almost every hour, associated with the roughest riffraff of Europe, liable any day to be slain by the slash of an Arab flissa, and rewarded for ten years 'splendid service by the distinctive badge of a corporal.

    Under Two Flags 1839-1908 Ouida 1873

  • I wish a Bedouin flissa would cut my thralls in two. "

    Under Two Flags 1839-1908 Ouida 1873


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