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gallowglass

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noun gal·low·glass \ˈga-lō-ˌglas\

Definition of gallowglass

  1. 1 :  a mercenary or retainer of an Irish chief

  2. 2 :  an armed Irish foot soldier



Origin and Etymology of gallowglass

modification of Irish gallóglach, from gall foreigner + óglach young man, warrior


First Known Use: circa 1515

Rhymes with gallowglass

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