from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A long and heavy sword, usually one wielded by both hands.
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Students train with real double-handed swords - such as the spadone and the spada a dui mani - rather than the lightweight variety used in Olympic fencing.
We hired a handsome peasant girl from Albano as housemaid, who was much admired by our English friends in her scarlet cloth bodice, trimmed with gold lace, and the silver spadone, or bodkin, fastening her plaits of dark hair; but she very soon exchanged her picturesque costume for a bonnet, etc., in which she looked clumsy and commonplace.