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

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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 14 Aug. 2020.

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