noun mus·ket \ˈməs-kət\

: a type of long gun that was used by soldiers before the invention of the rifle

Full Definition of MUSKET

:  a heavy large-caliber muzzle-loading usually smoothbore shoulder firearm; broadly :  a shoulder gun carried by infantry

Origin of MUSKET

Middle French mousquet, from Old Italian moschetto small artillery piece, sparrow hawk, from diminutive of mosca fly, from Latin musca — more at midge
First Known Use: circa 1587


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