Definition of machaira in English:

machaira

(also machaera, machera)

Pronunciation /məˈkʌɪrə/ /maˈkɛːrə/

noun

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

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.