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 p&umacron;nctum, from neuter past participle of pungere, to pierce, prick; see peuk- in Indo-European roots).