[wop-uh n-shaw, wap-]
- a periodic muster or review of troops or persons under arms, formerly held in certain districts of Scotland to satisfy military chiefs that their men were properly armed and faithful to the local lord or chieftain.
Origin of wappenshaw
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- (formerly) a muster of men in a particular area in Scotland to show that they were properly armed
C16: from Northern English wapen, from Old Norse vápn weapon + schaw show
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