\ \ [14] Dagger has an uncertain history.
\ \ There was a verb dag in Middle English, meaning ‘stab’, which suggests that dagger may simply be ‘something that stabs’, but similarity of form and sense indicates a connection too with Old French daguedagger’. This appears to have come via Old Provençal or Old Italian daga from a hypothetical Vulgar Latin *daca, which meant literally ‘Dacian knife’ (from Latin DācusDacian’). Dacia was the ancient name for an area roughly corresponding to modern Romania.

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