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A sword, especially a short, broad sword with a convex cutting edge and a sharp point, used in medieval times.

[Middle English fauchoun, from Old French fauchon, from Vulgar Latin *falciō, falciōn-, from Latin falx, falc-, sickle.]
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(ˈfɔːltʃən; ˈfɔːlʃən)
1. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a short and slightly curved medieval sword broader towards the point
2. an archaic word for sword
[C14: from Italian falcione, from falce, from Latin falx sickle]
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(ˈfɔl tʃən, -ʃən)

a broad, short sword having a convex edge curving to the point.
[1275–1325; Middle English fauchoun < Old French fauchon < Vulgar Latin *falciōnem, acc. of *falciō, derivative of Latin falx, s. falc- sickle]
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Noun1.falchion - a short broad slightly convex medieval sword with a sharp pointfalchion - a short broad slightly convex medieval sword with a sharp point
sword, steel, blade, brand - a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard
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References in classic literature ?
The Jester wore his usual fantastic habit, but late accidents had led him to adopt a good cutting falchion, instead of his wooden sword, with a targe to match it; of both which weapons he had, notwithstanding his profession, shown himself a skilful master during the storming of Torquilstone.
fifty falchions gleamed in air above the men-at-arms, and brighter, fiercer than them all, flamed Excalibur aloft, and cleaving downward struck the brutal Leonardo's weapon from his grasp!
(30) Egerton Brydges' modern-spelling edition of Pierces Supererogation (London, 1815, 147), reads 'faulchion': a 'falchion' is a curved broadsword.
"See ye not their falchions gleaming?" What is a falchion?
Used in the medieval period, what was a falchion? answers WHO WHAT WHERE WHEN: Franz Liszt; Napalm; Rwanda; 1988.
Making Open 7 days " The old Falchion pub, also on Yarm Lane, could also be connected to the network, according to David Michael Robinson Probably the 118 Tel: 250145 who worked there once as a DJ and stored his equipment in the cellar, which he said was connected to the tunnels.
As readers, we are not permitted visual access to Hassan's full form, but see only "(h]is turban [that] far behind him roll'd" (659), "[h]is flowing robe [that] by falchion torn" (661), and the "fragment[s] of his palampore" (666).
Olrelgin darted forward, flew through the parting soldiers, and stretching her heavy buckler before her lover, defended him with a strength more than human; love invigorated her arm, and turned the greedy swords of the rebels from her tender frame; her mild beaming eyes flashed despair and frantic valour; her snowy hand wielded the massy falchion, and struck many a warrior to the earth.
The area includes a number of gold and base metal prospects including the Kroda Prospect (Au), the Tulsa Prospect (Au), the Reward Prospect (Cu- Ag-Au), the Sabre / Falchion Prospect (Au-Sb) and the Waldrons Hill Prospect (Au).
His semiannual Garmento, based in New York City, explores topics in falchion that he feels haven't been given proper consideration.
While yet he trembled at his knees, and cried, The ruthless falchion oped his tender side; The panting liver pours a flood of gore That drowns his bosom till he pants no more.
Experiences are varied: we reflect upon 'the point of things' on the Killyleagh Road and look up the word 'falchion' in an encyclopaedia.