[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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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 for claymore

C18: from Gaelic claidheamh mōr great sword
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