firelock

noun
fire·​lock | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌläk How to pronounce firelock (audio) \

Definition of firelock

1 : a gun's lock employing a slow match to ignite the powder charge also : a gun having such a lock

First Known Use of firelock

1544, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Firelock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/firelock. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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