Meaning of machaira in English:

machaira

noun

(also machaera)
historical
  • A short single-edged sword, with a slightly curved convex blade, used by the ancient Greeks.

Pronunciation

machaira

/məˈkʌɪrə/ /maˈkɛːrə/

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in William Camden (1551–1623), historian and herald. From classical Latin machaera from ancient Greek μάχαιρα, originally any short sword or dagger; in later use, denoting a curved sword or sabre as described below, as opposed to a straight one.