a short pike or halberd carried by 18th-cent. infantry officers
Origin of spontoonFrench sponton from Italian spuntone from s- ( from Classical Latin ex-) + punto from Classical Latin punctum, a point
A short pike carried by infantry officers and sergeants in the 1700s.
Origin of spontoonFrench sponton from Italian spuntone s- intensive pref. ; see sforzando . puntone kind of weapon augmentative of punto point ( from Latin pūnctum ) ( from neuter past participle of pungere to pierce, prick ; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.)