Melee weapon

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A melee weapon is a weapon used in hand-to-hand combat such as a bladed weapon or a blunt weapon. The term Melee originated in the 1640s from the French word mêlée, which refers to hand-to-hand combat, a close quarters battle, a brawl, a confused fight, etc.[1][2][3]

There are three basic divisions: point weapons, of which examples include spikes, pikes and spears edged weapons, of which examples include swords, axes and knives; and blunt weapons, such as but not limited to, clubs, hammers, staffs, maces and flails.

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  3. ^ Oxford English Dictionary. 2015. mêlée. " A battle or engagement at close quarters, a hand-to-hand fight; a skirmish; a confused struggle or scuffle, esp. one involving many people. Also hist.: a tournament involving two groups of combatants."
  • Michele Byam (2010-11-30). Arms and Armor, Discover the story of weapons and armor-from Stone Age axes to the battledress of samurai warriors. New York: Dorling Kindersley.