Also called a sheath. The protective outer casing for an edged weapon, particularly swords and daggers. The term scabbard is generally used for swords, and sheath for smaller blades such as knives or daggers.
The scabbard is the case into which the sword is sheathed. The term scabbard is generally used for hard cases, such as those used for most Japanese swords, and are made of wood or metal (or plastic now-a-days). The softer cases, usually leather, are most often called sheathes.
usually an elongated leather receptacle designed to carry a carbine or rifle on horseback; the term also was applied to pistol holsters during the period 1850-1880 and was used in Texas well into the twentieth century.