n.1.See Falchion.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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(30) Egerton Brydges' modern-spelling edition of Pierces Supererogation (London, 1815, 147), reads 'faulchion': a 'falchion' is a curved broadsword.
I note that criticism has made nothing of Edgar's direct quotation from Bevis of Hampton (to my knowledge, the only such direct quotation from a literary work in Shakespeare); nothing of the references to knights and the trappings and use of this single combat at the end; and nothing of Lear's boast about how lie, recalling his youth as a chivalric knight (like Edgar, noticed by very few to be his "godsonne" and thus to have been duly instructed by the king), would have used his "good biting Faulchion" to make such a knave as Cordelia's killer skip (TLN: 1917-18; III.
Me thought, my daughters, Gonorill & Ragan, Stood both before me with such grim aspects, Eche brandishing a Faulchion in their hand, Ready to lop a lymme off where it fell, And in their other hands a naked poynyard, Wherwith they stabd me in a hundred places, And to their thinking left me there for dead,
He then proceeds to describe his dream in which his daughters Gonorill and Ragan "Each brandishing a Faulchion in their hand" stabbed him "in a hundred places" and left him for dead until Cordella found and restored him to "perfect health":