mitrailleuse

noun

mi·​trail·​leuse
¦mē‧trə¦yə(r)z,
-¦yə̄z
plural -s
1
: a breech-loading machine gun using small projectiles and consisting of a number of barrels fitted together and so arranged that the barrels can be fired simultaneously or successively and rapidly and first used by the French army in the war of 1870 with Germany
2

Word History

Etymology

French, from mitrailler to fire mitraille, from mitraille

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“Mitrailleuse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mitrailleuse. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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