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A short pike carried by infantry officers and sergeants in the 1700s.
(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a form of halberd carried by some junior infantry officers in the 18th and 19th centuries
[C18: from French esponton, from Italian spuntone, from punto point]
a short pike used as a weapon in the 17th and 18th centuries.
[1590–1600; < French esponton]