Lochaber axe

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lochaber axe A weapon of war, consisting of a pole armed with an axhead at its end, formerly used by the Scotch Highlanders.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Lochaber axe (loh-ä′bėr aks) a battle-axe used by the Scottish Highlanders, having a narrow blade, but very long towards the shaft, and generally with a hook at the end of the staff
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
So called from Lochaber, in Scotland
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gael. loch; cf. Lake.

Usage

In literature:

He was also able to prove, that he was forced into the riot, and upheld while there by two bakers, who put a Lochaber axe into his hand.
"The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Volume 2, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
He was also able to prove, that he was forced into the riot, and upheld while there by two bakers, who put a Lochaber axe into his hand.
"The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
His belt bore a sword and dagger, and he had in his hand a Danish pole axe, more recently called a Lochaber axe.
"The Fair Maid of Perth" by Sir Walter Scott
LOCHABER AXE, an axe with a broad blade and a long handle formerly in use among the Highlanders as a weapon.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
They filed silently into the hall in dark armour, all carrying shining Lochaber axes.
"The Black Douglas" by S. R. Crockett
By the Lochaber axe which the latter carried Edward recognised the fisher as Evan Dhu.
"Red Cap Tales" by Samuel Rutherford Crockett
He looks like a Lochaber axe fresh frae the grundstane.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
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In poetry:

And with savage yells they made the valley ring,
Then made a long circuit, and stole in behind the King,
Whirling their broadswords and Lochaber axes left and right;
And the enemy being thrice their number, they relinquished the fight
"Adventures of King Robert the Bruce" by William Topaz McGonagall