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Noun
1. (single-edged) sword; katana
  • かたな
  • とうてき投擲
  • れんしゅう練習
  • ?」「
  • すっぽぬすっぽ抜けた
  • だけ
  • です
  • "Practising sword throwing?" "It just slipped out of my hands."
2. dagger; knifeArchaism
3. scalpelArchaism, Only applies to とう
Wikipedia definition
4. BackswordA backsword is a type of European sword characterized as having a straight single edged blade and a hilt with a single handed grip. It is so called because the triangular cross section gives a flat back edge opposite the cutting edge. Later examples often have a "false edge" on the back near the tip, which was in many cases sharpened to make an actual edge and facilitate thrusting attacks.
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Other forms
刀 【とう】

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