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Medieval European weapons consisting of a long staff of wood, from about 6 to 9 feet in length and round in section, often tipped with iron at both ends; they were wielded with both hands, one hand holding the middle and the other grasping the staff at one quarter of the whole length from the end. They were especially popular as civilian weapons in England.

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<percussive weapons>

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12yrs ago

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