gallowglass

gallowglass

[gal-oh-glas, -glahs]
noun Irish History.
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galloglass or gallowglass (ˈɡæləʊˌɡlɑːs)
 
n
a heavily armed mercenary soldier, originally Hebridean (Gaelic-Norse), maintained by Irish and some other Celtic chiefs from about 1235 to the 16th century
 
[C16: from Irish Gaelic gallóglach, from gall foreigner + óglach, young warrior-servant, from og young + -lach a noun suffix]
 
gallowglass or gallowglass
 
n
 
[C16: from Irish Gaelic gallóglach, from gall foreigner + óglach, young warrior-servant, from og young + -lach a noun suffix]

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