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Excalibur

[ek-skal-uh-ber] /ɛkˈskæl ə bər/
noun, Arthurian Romance.
1.
the magic sword of King Arthur.
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  • It's King Arthur himself, with Excalibur, his famous sword, in his hand.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • The loot might run as high as a half-billion Excalibur stellars.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • So we'll call you Excalibur, won't we, darling little Scally?

    Scally

    Ian Hay
  • If they had they would fall on Excalibur in a body and roll him over and pull him about.

    Scally

    Ian Hay
  • Excalibur's intellect may have been lofty, but his memory was treacherous.

    Scally

    Ian Hay
  • Excalibur took his prize into the middle of the tennis lawn.

    Scally

    Ian Hay
  • It was a very large shoulder of mutton, but Excalibur finished it in ten minutes.

    Scally

    Ian Hay
  • A walk along the village street was always a great event for Excalibur.

    Scally

    Ian Hay
  • After that Excalibur realized that it is wiser to walk behind golfers than in front of them.

    Scally

    Ian Hay
British Dictionary definitions for Excalibur

Excalibur

/ɛkˈskælɪbə/
noun
1.
(in Arthurian legend) the magic sword of King Arthur
Word Origin
C14: from Old French Escalibor, from Medieval Latin Caliburnus, from Welsh Caledvwlch, perhaps related to Irish Caladbolg a legendary sword (literally: hard belly, hence, voracious)
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Word Origin and History for Excalibur
n.

King Arthur's sword, c.1300, from Old French Escalibor, corruption of Caliburn, in Geoffrey of Monmouth (c.1140) Caliburnus, apparently from Welsh Caledvwlch probably a variant of the legendary Irish sword name Caladbolg which may be literally "hard-belly," i.e. "voracious." For first element, see callus; for second, see belly (n.).

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Excalibur in Culture
Excalibur [(eks-kal-uh-buhr)]

The sword of King Arthur. In one version of the legends of Arthur, he proved his right to rule by pulling Excalibur out of a stone. In another version, he received Excalibur from a maiden, the Lady of the Lake, to whom he returned it at the end of his life.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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