Glaive (?), n. [F. glaive, L. gladius; prob. akin to E. claymore. Cf. Gladiator.]

1.

A weapon formerly used, consisting of a large blade fixed on the end of a pole, whose edge was on the outside curve; also, a light lance with a long sharp-pointed head.

Wilhelm.

2.

A sword; -- used poetically and loosely.

The glaive which he did wield. Spenser.

 

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