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also yat·a·gan  (yăt′ə-găn′, -gən) or at·a·ghan (ăt′-)
A Turkish sword or scimitar having a double-curved blade and an eared pommel, but lacking a handle guard.

[Ottoman Turkish yatağan, curved, yataghan, from yatmaq, to lie flat, incline, slant (modern Turkish yatmak), from Old Turkic yatmaq, to lie down.]


(ˈjætəɡən) or


(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a Turkish sword with a curved single-edged blade
[C19: from Turkish yataǧan]


or yat•a•gan

(ˈyæt əˌgæn, -gən; Turk. ˌyɑ tɑˈgɑn)

also ataghan

a Turkish saber having a doubly curved blade and a hilt with no guard.
[1810–20; < Turkish yatağan]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.yataghan - a long Turkish knife with a curved blade having a single edgeyataghan - a long Turkish knife with a curved blade having a single edge
knife - a weapon with a handle and blade with a sharp point
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