General Knowledge Trivia Quiz

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What does it mean?

What is the meaning of the word Excalibur, the name of King Arthur’s sword?

A) Dragon-doom
B) “I defend the land”
C) Justice
D) Taken from a stone

Your answer — B) “I defend the land” — was incorrect.

The word is derived from a Latin phrase, Ex calce liberatus, literally meaning “freed from the stone”. The name refers to Merlin the wizard having magically placed the sword in a stone so that only its hilt was protruding. Arthur, as the rightful king of England, was the only person who could withdraw the sword, and so claim the throne.

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