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γαῖσον). A very strong and weighty javelin, which appears to have been made, both head and stock, of solid iron (Poll.vii. 156), and to have been employed as a missile rather than as a spear, each warrior carrying two as his complement (Varr. ap. Non. s. v. p. 555). The weapon was of Gallic origin (Verg. Aen. viii. 662); though it was sometimes used by the Romans, the Iberians, the Carthaginians (Livy, xxvi. 6), and the Greeks. See Hasta.

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