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Meaning of MUSKET

Pronunciation:  'muskit

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a muzzle-loading shoulder gun with a long barrel; formerly used by infantrymen
 

MUSKET is a 6 letter word that starts with M.

 

 See Also: blunderbuss, fusil, matchlock, muzzle loader

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Mus"ket\, n. [F. mousquet, It. moschetto, formerly, a
kind of hawk; cf. OF. mousket, moschet, a kind of hawk
falcon, F. mouchet, prop., a little fly (the hawk prob. being
named from its size), fr. L. musca a fly. Cf. {Mosquito}.]
[Sometimes written also {musquet}.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) The male of the sparrow hawk.

2. A species of firearm formerly carried by the infantry of
   an army. It was originally fired by means of a match, or
   matchlock, for which several mechanical appliances
   (including the flintlock, and finally the percussion lock)
   were successively substituted. This arm has been generally
   superseded by the rifle.



 
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