I have played Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask and I am always asking: "What is this thing on Link's back?" It's for putting the sword, I know that, but what it's called? I have searched for "sword quiver" and it only showed quivers. So, what is it called? a picture of the thing on Link's back used to hold his sword


It's called a scabbard or sheath:

scabbard noun

a long, thin cover for the blade of a sword, usually attached to a belt

(Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

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    Which one would you prefer and why? – ColleenV Mar 18 '17 at 20:01
  • Scabbard is the technical term specifically meaning ' a sheath for a sword or bladed weapon.' – Chris M Mar 18 '17 at 20:44
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    I would prefer scabbard as that has a very particular meaning. The word sheath has other meanings, one of which is "condom". – Nick Gammon Mar 18 '17 at 20:49
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    I was suggesting that you edit your answer to include more explanation than simply linking a dictionary definition. – ColleenV Mar 18 '17 at 22:33
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    Comments are ephemeral and are not searchable (well, unless you write an SEDE query). It's best to incorporate information from the comments into your answer. Also see Submitting Answers that merely answer the question. Folks learning English can always benefit from a fluent speaker's explanation of how they would use certain words - which they prefer in which context, potential additional meaning that could be confusing etc. – ColleenV Mar 18 '17 at 22:42

Scabbard is the more specific word used, Where sheath is used more generally.

Scabbard (noun) Definition: a holder for a bladed weapon such as a sword or bayonet; sheath.

Sheath (noun) Definition: something that surrounds and protects another thing.

Sheath refers to a outer casing on multiple different things. A scabbard is a type of sheath specifically for swords, blades, or guns.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sheath may refer to:

  • Scabbard, a sheath for holding a sword, knife, or other large blade, as well as guns, such as rifles.

  • The outer covering of a cable.

  • Condom, a kind of contraception.

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