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[ek-skal-uh-ber] /ɛkˈskæl ə bər/
noun, Arthurian Romance.
the magic sword of King Arthur. Unabridged
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(in Arthurian legend) the magic sword of King Arthur
Word Origin
C14: from Old French Escalibor, from Medieval Latin Caliburnus, from Welsh Caledvwlch, perhaps related to Irish Caladbolg a legendary sword (literally: hard belly, hence, voracious)
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Word Origin and History for Excalibur

King Arthur's sword, c.1300, from Old French Escalibor, corruption of Caliburn, in Geoffrey of Monmouth (c.1140) Caliburnus, apparently from Welsh Caledvwlch probably a variant of the legendary Irish sword name Caladbolg which may be literally "hard-belly," i.e. "voracious." For first element, see callus; for second, see belly (n.).

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Excalibur in Culture
Excalibur [(eks-kal-uh-buhr)]

The sword of King Arthur. In one version of the legends of Arthur, he proved his right to rule by pulling Excalibur out of a stone. In another version, he received Excalibur from a maiden, the Lady of the Lake, to whom he returned it at the end of his life.

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