gun·​flint ˈgən-ˌflint How to pronounce gunflint (audio)
: a small sharp flint fashioned to ignite the priming in a flintlock

Examples of gunflint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Waterbrook’s Clean Chardonnay ($16) possesses aromas and flavors of ripe pears, anise, lime and gunflint. oregonlive, 11 Feb. 2023 Scents of lemon verbena, fresh-cut grass, gunflint and peonies will keep you swirling and sniffing for a good long time. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 4 May 2022 The gunflint was discovered nestled into the cellar stairs, right below the window where Eliza Parker sounded her alarm. James Delle, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Jan. 2020 Apple, pear, honey, lemon and spice join signature notes of gunflint in this clean and delightful wine. Michael Austin,, 21 Mar. 2018 Gunflints, coins, and glass beads found at the site almost certainly came from the newer English settlement. Andrew Lawler, Smithsonian, 7 Apr. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1731, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gunflint was in 1731

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Cite this Entry

“Gunflint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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