Excalibur

[ek-skal-uh-ber]
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noun Arthurian Romance.

the magic sword of King Arthur.

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British Dictionary definitions for excalibur

Excalibur

noun

(in Arthurian legend) the magic sword of King Arthur

Word Origin for Excalibur

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

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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Culture definitions for excalibur

Excalibur

[(eks-kal-uh-buhr)]

The sword of King Arthur (see also 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.

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