wappenshaw

wappenshaw

[wop-uhn-shaw, wap-]
noun
a periodic muster or review of troops or persons under arms, formerly held in certain districts of Scotland to satisfy military chiefs that their men were properly armed and faithful to the local lord or chieftain.
Also, wappenshawing.


Origin:
1495–1505; short for wappenshawing (Scots), equivalent to wappen (Old English wǣpna, genitive plural of wǣp(e)n weapon) + shawing showing (see show, -ing1); compare Dutch wapenschouwing

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wappenshaw (ˈwæpənʃɔː, ˈwɒp-)
 
n
(formerly) a muster of men in a particular area in Scotland to show that they were properly armed
 
[C16: from Northern English wapen, from Old Norse vápnweapon + schawshow]

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