Gaelic Terminology or What is a Claymore

I can’t find the source, but someone who actually speaks Gaelic gave me this list of terms

  • Claidheamh – Sword
  • Claidheamh Caol – Small sword or a rapier
  • Claidheamh Crom – Sabre, or a Scimitar
  • Claidheamh Cùil – Back-sword
  • Claidheamh Dà-Làimh – Two-handed sword
  • Claidheamh Leathan – Broad sword
  • Claidheamh Mór – Large Sword

So the Claidheamh Mór or Claymore is any large sword. This isn’t too different than how a the term “long sword” can refer an arming sword, a two-handed sword, or a rapier depending on the context.

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