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hal·berd(hăl′bərd, hôl′-) also hal·bert (-bərt)
A weapon of the 1400s and 1500s having an axelike blade and a steel spike mounted on the end of a long shaft.
[French hallebarde, from Old French alabarde, from Old Italian alabarda, from Middle High German helmbarde, halmbarte : helm, handle + barte, axe (from Old High German barta; see bhardh-ā- in Indo-European roots).]
hal′ber·dier′ (-bər-dîr′) n.
(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a weapon consisting of a long shaft with an axe blade and a pick, topped by a spearhead: used in 15th- and 16th-century warfare
[C15: from Old French hallebarde, from Middle High German helm handle, helm1 + barde axe, from Old High German bart beard]
hal•berd(ˈhæl bərd, ˈhɔl-)
a shafted weapon with an axlike cutting blade, beak, and apical spike, used esp. in the 15th and 16th centuries.
[1485–95; < Middle French hallebarde < Middle Low German helmbarde=helm handle (c. helm1) + barde broadax (c. Middle High German barte)]