Last modified on 26 January 2015, at 08:34

丈八蛇矛

ChineseEdit

ten feet eight; 8 a long lance
simp. and trad.
(丈八蛇矛)
蛇矛

EtymologyEdit

(1.8 zhang: 4.158 meters or 13 feet 7.708776 inches) + 蛇矛 ("snake lance"; long lance)

  • Contrary to popular belief, the snake is more likely a reference to the lance's length rather than the shape of the lance's head.

PronunciationEdit

Proper nounEdit

丈八蛇矛

  1. (archaic) the long lance used by Zhang Fei
Zhang Fei's weapon may have looked something like the one in this Qing Dynasty handscroll, but slightly longer

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