Definition of claymore in English:

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claymore

Pronunciation: /ˈklāmôr/

noun

1 historical A two-edged broadsword used by Scottish Highlanders.
Example sentences
  • Clasped before her in her hands, with its point resting on the mahogany wood, was a large, double-handed broadsword - a claymore.
  • Quickly, the Highlander sheathed his claymore and dropped his shield.
  • As the claymores, targes and antique pistols on the walls of Seaforth Cottage also testify, domicile north of the Great Glen can also engender a degree of swashbuckling.
1.1A single-edged broadsword having a hilt with a basketwork design, introduced in Scotland in the 16th century.
2A type of antipersonnel mine.
Example sentences
  • Of course, no soldier would dare go off into battle without a sidearm and trusty combat knife, and a well-thrown hand grenade or a well-placed claymore mine can likewise serve you well.
  • The mines were intended as anti-personnel devices, jury-rigged claymores.
  • He's sitting over on 6th Avenue, chortling at the abusive nature of this show, which is akin to hunting foals with an Uzi, claymores and hand grenades.

Origin

Early 18th century: from Scottish Gaelic claidheamh 'sword' + mór 'great'.

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