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  1. (in Germany, Austria, etc.) the part of the organized military forces of a nation that has completed a certain amount of compulsory training, and whose continuous service is required only in time of war.
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Origin of Landwehr

1805–15; < German, equivalent to Land country, land + Wehr defense; see weir
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Word Origin and History for landwehr


German military reserves, from German Landwehr, from Old High German lantweri, from lant "land" (see land (n.)) + weri "protection" (see weir).

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