Kentucky rifle

noun

: a muzzle-loading long-barreled flintlock rifle developed in the 18th century in Pennsylvania and used extensively on the American frontier

Examples of Kentucky rifle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Look no further than the Kentucky rifle team's trip home from the NCAA national championship Saturday. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 14 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Kentucky rifle was in 1832

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“Kentucky rifle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Kentucky%20rifle. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

Kentucky rifle

noun
: a long flintlock rifle loaded through the muzzle that was developed in the 18th century

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