firelock

noun

fire·​lock ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌläk How to pronounce firelock (audio)
1
: a gun's lock employing a slow match to ignite the powder charge
also : a gun having such a lock
2

Word History

First Known Use

1544, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of firelock was in 1544

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“Firelock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/firelock. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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