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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
References in classic literature ?
But when I added to the gun an English cutlass with which I had shivered his highness's yataghan to pieces, the bey yielded, and agreed to forgive the hand and head, but on condition that the poor fellow never again set foot in Tunis.
He claps his hands and Mesrour the Nubian appears, with bare arms, bangles, yataghans, and every Eastern ornament-- gaunt, tall, and hideous.
Jeddah-based Yataghan Jewellery -- the maker of the "Hubb Collection" -- has a variety of gold designs, stackable jewel-ornamented hexagon rings, necklaces, bracelets and rings engraved in Arabic Farsi.
As well, in many cases, sights were upgraded and various types of bayonets (the most common being a French-style, brass-hilted yataghan style) and attachments were devised for the rifle, as it was originally not able to be fitted with a blade.
Speaking about a prominent sword (Yataghan) and scabbard from Turkey in this collection Greenwood said, "The Yataghan is one of the most important swords in the MIA collection.
The Model 1880 saber bayonet was designed with a Yataghan blade.
Four of our designers have even opened their own flagship stores such as Badawiah, Sinless, Yataghan, and Orange Blossom."
Apparently, the bayonets used with the Portuguese Monkey Tails were similar to the yataghan style used with the British Martini-Henry but sporting a brass hilt rather than a steel one.