One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A sword with a long blade, especially one designed to be used with two hands.
2Usually with capital initial. (An epithet of) William, third earl of Salisbury (1167–1226), the illegitimate son of King Henry II of England and Ida de Tosny, and his son, also named William (1209–50).
Middle English; earliest use found in Layamon (fl. 1250), poet. From long + sword.
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