), a curved sword,
like a falx, and therefore a kind of scimitar (Xen. Eq. 12.1. 1
: “copidas vocabant gladios
leviter curvatos, falcibus similes,”
). It was used by the
Thessalians (Eur. Elect.
837) and by the eastern nations
(Xen. Cyr. 2.1
§ 9, 6.2.10; Curt. l.c.
Copis was also the name of a knife used in cutting the flesh of animals in
sacrifices and the kitchen (Poll. 10.104; Athen.
b; Plut. Lyc. 2
). It is used as
an adjective with μάχαιρα
(Eur. Cycl. 241