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gladius

[gley-dee-uh s] /ˈgleɪ di əs/
noun, plural gladii
[gley-dee-ahy] /ˈgleɪ diˌaɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
a short sword used in ancient Rome by legionaries.
Origin
1510-1520
1510-20; < Latin
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  • These ancient squids had a rigid support structure in their body called a pen or gladius.

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