wappenshaw


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wappenshaw

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wappenschaw

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wapenshaw

,

wapenschaw

or

wapinschaw

n
(Military) (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 vápn weapon + schaw show]

wap•pen•shaw

(ˈwɒp ənˌʃɔ, ˈwæp-)

also wap′pen•shaw`ing,



n.
a periodic review of troops formerly held in Scotland to satisfy military chiefs that their men were loyal and properly armed.
[1495–1505; short for wappenshawing (Scots) =wappen (Old English wǣpna, genitive pl. of wǣp(e)n weapon) + shawing showing (see show, -ing1); compare Dutch wapenschouwing]

Wappenshaw

 a Scottish term for a muster of men and armour, 1503; a volunteer rifle meeting, 1868—Wilkes.