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[gley-dee-uh s] /ˈgleɪ di əs/
noun, plural gladii
[gley-dee-ahy] /ˈgleɪ diˌaɪ/ (Show IPA)
a short sword used in ancient Rome by legionaries.
Origin of gladius
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1510-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I'll take that sword there—no scabbard—and two daggers, besides my gladius.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • The European species, common in the Mediterranean, is the Xiphias gladius of naturalists.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth

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