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PONIARD, a dagger, particularly one of small size, used for stabbing at close quarters. The French word poignard, from which the English is a 16th-century adaptation, is formed from poing, fist, the clenched hand in which the weapon is grasped. (See DAGGER.)

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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