columbiad

noun co·lum·bi·ad \ kəˈləmbēˌad \

Definition of columbiad

plural -s
1 capitalized :any of certain epics recounting the beginning and growth of the U.S.; also :any epic with similar subject matter
2 :an obsolete heavy long-chambered muzzle-loading gun that is very thick behind the trunnions and designed for throwing shells and shot at high angles of elevation

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Origin and Etymology of columbiad

French colombiade, from New Latin Columbia United States + French -ade -ad


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