A knife resembling a sword.
[Alteration of obsolete stick or snee, to cut and thrust in fighting with a knife, partial translation of Dutch steken of snijden : steken, to stab (from Middle Dutch; see steig- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + of, or + snijden, to cut (from Middle Dutch sniden).]
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