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丈八蛇矛

MandarinEdit

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.

Proper nounEdit

丈八蛇矛 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin Zhàng bā shémáo)

  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

SynonymsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • "丈八蛇矛" (in Mandarin), Baidu on-line Encyclopedia. URL accessed on 2008-03-03.