The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
(also kopeishchiki), in the 16th to early 18th centuries, infantry and cavalry troops armed with pikes or spears. Regiments of cavalry pikinery existed in Russia from 1764 to 1783.
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