Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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CLAYMORE, Clymore, Glaymore, n. A large two-edged (and sometimes twohanded) sword, formerly used by the Highlanders of Scotland. Also commonly applied to the Highlanders' basket-hilted sword, which was frequently single-edged. Hist. [′kle:mo:r] Sc. 1774 T. Pennant Tour in Scot. 1772 289:
A Cly-more, or great two-handed sword . . . an unwieldy weapon, two inches broad, doubly edged; the length of the blade three feet seven inches; of the handle, fourteen inches.
Sc. 1827 Scott Highland Widow iv. in Chrons. Canongate I. xi.:
He carried a gun over his shoulder, the claymore was swinging by his side, with its usual appendages, the dirk, the pistol and the sporran mollach.
w.Sc. 1785 J. Boswell Tour to Hebrides 255:
We also saw . . . his Glaymore, which was wielded with both hands, and is of a prodigious size. The broad-sword now used, though called the Glaymore, is much smaller than that used in Rorie More's time.
Per. 1816 J. Duff Poems 48:
Methinks I see him weild his dread clymore, To stay the porter at the dungeon door.

[Ad. Gael. claidheamh, a sword, and mór, great.]

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