a short sword used in ancient Rome by legionaries.
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How to use gladius in a sentence
The fish referred to is in all likelihood Histiophorus gladius, a species very closely related to, if not identical with, our own.Tales of Fishes | Zane Grey
It is a common saying that Gula plures occidit quam gladius.A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4) | Richard Baxter
The European species, common in the Mediterranean, is the Xiphias gladius of naturalists.The Sailor's Word-Book | William Henry Smyth
Slowly he drew his short-bladed, heavy gladius from its sheath.Ulric the Jarl | William O. Stoddard
I'll take that sword there—no scabbard—and two daggers, besides my gladius.Triplanetary | Edward Elmer Smith