Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The pen, calamary, sepiost, or cuttlebone of the squid; the horny endoskeleton of a cuttlefish. See cut under calamary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) The internal shell, or pen, of cephalopods like the squids.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun historical A Roman sword roughly two feet long.
  • noun zoology pen, the internal skeleton of squid made of chitin-like material

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin gladius ("Roman short sword, gladius").

Examples

  • Called the gladius, it was the classic weapon of the gladiator.

    The Spartacus War

  • Called the gladius, it was the classic weapon of the gladiator.

    The Spartacus War

  • Called the gladius, it was the classic weapon of the gladiator.

    The Spartacus War

  • Called the gladius, it was the classic weapon of the gladiator.

    The Spartacus War

  • It would be a Roman short sword called a gladius, about 27 inches long, 2 and a half inches wide, weighing three pounds, with a tapered point for thrusting and two sharp edges for cutting.

    Peacemakers:

  • Now, if it was a squid-like creature, there is a significant chance of finding the fossil remains of the squid pen, which as a fossil remain would be called the gladius.

    NPR Topics: News

  • In addition to the poetic narratives that had characterized Greek theater, Rome introduced athletic competition, especially that famous genre called gladius a short double-edged sword) in which two men would fight duels with military weapons.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • In addition to the poetic narratives that had characterized Greek theater, Rome introduced athletic competition, especially that famous genre called gladius a short double-edged sword) in which two men would fight duels with military weapons.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • “It is strongly suggested that P. gladius is on the verge of extinction,” the researchers wrote, “and further rigid measures are proposed to save the very few remaining specimens.”

    A Paddlefish Warning, from China

  • Now another denizen, the Chinese paddlefish, Psephurus gladius — which measures up to 20 feet long and decades ago was commonly seen leaping above the waters — appears to be on the verge of extinction, if not already gone forever.

    A Paddlefish Warning, from China

Comments

New comments are temporarily disabled while we update our database.

  • The internal pen of a squid, which could be dipped in ink and used for writing, hence the term lapsus calami, a slip of the squid.

    December 4, 2007