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An ornamental dagger

Etymology

From Old French dague.

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Noun

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dagger

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  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A stabbing weapon, similar to a sword but with a short, double-edged blade.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act I, Scene I, line 282.
      I bruised my shin th’ other day with playing at sword and dagger with a master of fence; ...
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 34.
      The dagger, under the title cultellum and misericorde, has been the constant companion of the sword, at least from the days of Edward I. and is mentioned in the statute of Winchester.
  2. A text character () that is used for footnotes, to signify death, and to express the mathematical application of Hermitian conjugacy.

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