pilum

A throwing spear with a range of at least 25 m (82 feet). The pilum or javelin was approximately 1.8 m (5.9 feet) long. They were made of wood and had hardened iron heads of pyramidal form of a little under half the length either secured to the shaft by means of a socket, or with rivets. The metal head where it met the wooden haft was approximately…...

pilum

Latin, meaning: heavy javelin
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Pilum

Heavy javelin with long metal shank.
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pilum

(from the article `legion`) Two infantry weapons gave the legion its famous flexibility and force; the pilum, a 2-metre (7-foot) javelin used for both throwing and thrusting; ... Roman legionaries used the pilum, a heavy seven-foot-long javelin. Foot soldiers were not the only ones to use spearlike weapons. Greek, Macedonian, ... ......
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Pilum

The pilum was a Roman weapon similar to a pike or spear. It was about 6 feet (two meters) long and was usually thrown at the enemy before the two armies were close enough to engage in close combat.
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