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fusil

adjective fu·sil \ ˈfyü-zəl \
variants: or fusile play \ˈfyü-zəl, -ˌzī(-ə)l\

Definition of fusil

1 archaic
a : made by melting and pouring into forms : cast
b : liquefied by heat
2 archaic : fusible

Origin and Etymology of fusil

Middle English fusile, borrowed from Latin fūsilis "molten, liquified," from fūsus (past participle of fundere "to pour, shed, cast") + -ilis "subject to, susceptible to (the action of the verb)" (alteration of -ibilis, originally by haplology after verb stems ending in a labial consonant) — more at 5found, -able


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fusil

noun

Definition of fusil

: a light flintlock musket

Origin and Etymology of fusil

borrowed from French (17th century), "steel for striking fire, flintlock firearm," going back to Old French foisil, focil "steel for striking fire," going back to Vulgar Latin *focīlis, from Latin focus "hearth" (Late Latin, "fire") + -īlis, suffix of appurtenance — more at 1focus


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