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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.]


(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]


(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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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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!
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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).
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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.
And The Falchion Passed Through His Neck: Anjali Bhargava, Chitra Ganesh, Divya Mehra, Samira Abbassy, Sangeeta Sandrasekhar, Hamra Abbas, and Shweta Bhattad, curated by Jasmine Wahi
Thou, thy race lie pale and low, Pierced by shafts of many a bow; And the falchion [broad sword] by thy side, To thy heart, thy hand shall guide: Crownless, breathless, headless fall, Son and sire, the house of Saul
The modern machete is similar to some forms of the medieval falchion sword