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- noun A
double-edged, single-handed swordused by the Ancient Greeksas a secondary weaponafter the spearor javelin.
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[Greek: Elketo d 'ek koleoio mega xiphos.] -- Il.a. v. 194. and, if Minerva had not appeared, and held his hand, he had executed his design; and it was all she could do to dissuade him from it.