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[kley-mawr, -mohr] /ˈkleɪˌmɔr, -ˌmoʊr/
a two-handed sword with a double-edged blade, used by Scottish Highlanders in the 16th century.
a Scottish broadsword with a basket hilt.
Origin of claymore
First recorded in 1765-75, claymore is from the Scots Gaelic word claidheamh mòr great sword Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for claymore
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  • It was an excellent weapon, better at close quarters than my claymore.

    The Red Watch J. A. Currie
  • Nor less emphatic is his railing at the plaid and blaspheming at the claymore.

    The Book-Hunter John Hill Burton
  • Still Lord claymore hoped that some chance might enable him to come up with her and bring her to action.

  • I thought the weather guaranteed me a season's rest, but here's the claymore again!

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • Madge soon reached the edge of darktown, taking a main street which led to the better section of claymore.

    The Secret of the Sundial Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt
  • “Perhaps you may be able to serve her,” remarked Lord claymore.

  • The claymore of the Highlanders of Scotland was no other than the cledd mawr (cle'mawr) of the Welch.

  • It was said that three thousand clansmen were ready to draw the claymore at his call.

    Fletcher of Saltoun G. W. T. Omond
  • Young Græme sprung on his feet, and waved his claymore towards the enemy.

  • Then one whistled shrilly, and cried in an eager voice, "claymore!"

    Yule Logs Various
British Dictionary definitions for claymore


/ˈkleɪˌmɔː; Scottish ˌkleˈmor/
a large two-edged broadsword used formerly by Scottish Highlanders
a US type of antipersonnel mine
Word Origin
C18: from Gaelic claidheamh mōr great sword
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for claymore

1749, "two-edged broadsword of ancient Scottish Highlanders," from Gaelic claidheamh mor "great sword," from claidheb "sword" (cf. Welsh cleddyf), possibly from PIE root *kel- "to strike" (see holt) + mor "great" (cf. Welsh mawr; see more). An antiquarian word made familiar again by Scott's novels; modern military application to pellet-scattering anti-personnel mine is first attested 1962.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for claymore



A danger; an unpredicted peril: skipping from television to a feature-film career has its built-in Claymore

[1990s+; fr the US claymore antipersonnel mine, named in turn for a Scottish broadsword]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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