plural -s
: a heavy long-barreled gun formerly used for hunting big game in southern Africa

Word History


Afrikaans, from Dutch, firelock (gun), pipe, from Middle Dutch, firelock (gun), pipe, reed; akin to Old High German rōr reed, Old Norse reyrr, Gothic raus

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of roer was in 1824

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“Roer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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