clay·​more | \ ˈklā-ˌmȯr How to pronounce claymore (audio) \

Definition of claymore

: a large 2-edged sword formerly used by Scottish Highlanders also : their basket-hilted broadsword

Examples of claymore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The IEDs -- claymore anti-personnel charges -- were placed by local Syrian forces at the instruction of the Quds Force, Conricus said. Oren Liebermann, CNN, 18 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, there are a lot of prop weapons like this revolver from user Renosis, and a galaxy of plans for Nerf weapons and attachments (including a Nerf claymore). Tim Maly, WIRED, 19 Dec. 2012

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First Known Use of claymore

1527, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for claymore

Scottish Gaelic claidheamh mór, literally, great sword

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“Claymore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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