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A Threshal was a type of two handed Medieval flail, looking rather like a larger version of the more well-known Nunchaku. [1] Considered a peasant's weapon, it was nonetheless capable of defeating many types of armor, as illustrated in contemporary manuscripts. [1]

Peasant member of a traditional class of farmers

A peasant is a pre-industrial agricultural laborer or farmer, especially one living in the Middle Ages under feudalism and paying rent, tax, fees, or services to a landlord. In Europe, peasants were divided into three classes according to their personal status: slave, serf, and free tenant. Peasants either hold title to land in fee simple, or hold land by any of several forms of land tenure, among them socage, quit-rent, leasehold, and copyhold.

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Machine gun fully automatic mounted or portable firearm

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Nuclear weapon Explosive device that derives its destructive force from nuclear reactions

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  1. 1 2 Oakeshott, Ewart (1960). "The Complete Arming of a Man". The Archeology of Weapons: Arms and Armour from Prehistory to the Age of Chivalry. Cambridge: Boydell Press. ISBN   0-486-29288-6.