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But what’s going on with this “glaive”? Firstly, it doesn’t even look like it could be thrown without injuring your hands (not that realism is important in this game) and secondly, _this is not a glaive_.
A glaive is a medieval European polearm. It’s not thrown, it’s used in much the same manner as a bardiche.
The word “glaive” has gotten several different meanings over time.
The word glaive has historically been given to several very different types of weapons.
The word glaive originated from French. Almost all etymologists derive it from either the Latin (gladius) or Celtic (\*cladivos, cf. claymore) word for sword. Nevertheless, all the earliest attestations in both French and English refer to spears.1 It is attested in this meaning in English roughly from the 14th century to the 16th.2
In modern French, a “glaive” most commonly refers to a gladius, the Roman short sword.
In the 15th century, it acquired the meaning described above.3
Around the same time it also began being used as a poetic word for sword (this is the main use of the word in Modern French).4
**Starting around the 1980s the word began to describe a fourth type of weapon: a whirling projectile blade similar in structure to a shuriken but much larger and cast like a chakram or hunga munga. This fictional weapon is usually portrayed as being able to return to its wielder, much like a boomerang. “Glaives” of this type have shown up in several films (such as Krull, Blade, and Batman Begins) and other aspects of fantasy fiction (e.g. video games such as Warcraft III, Dark Sector, or Warframe).**