co·​lum·​bi·​ad | \ kəˈləmbēˌad \
plural -s

Definition of columbiad

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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History and Etymology for columbiad

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

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“Columbiad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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