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  • n. A medieval long spear with two sharp tapering blades projecting forward at 45 degrees with the blunt side facing the opponent.


From Italian spedo ("a spit") (Wiktionary)


  • Two of the Duchy tenants carrying the halbert and spetum as they used to appear when the market proclamation was read.

    The Evolution of an English Town

  • On market mornings the Steward of the Duchy armed with a sword in a richly gilt scabbard would repair to the castle on horseback, where he would be joined by two freeholders of Duchy land, also mounted; one carrying the antique halbert and the other the spetum that are now preserved in a solicitor's office in Eastgate. [

    The Evolution of an English Town


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