snaphance

noun snap·hance \ˈsnapˌ han|(t)s, -hän|\\|n\
variants: or

snaphaunce

\ˈsnapˌ han|(t)s, -hän|\ less commonly

snaphaan

\|n\

Definition of snaphance

plural

-s

  1. 1a :  a primitive flintlock b :  an old-time musket having such a lock

  2. 2 obsolete :  a snap catch or spring catch

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Origin and Etymology of snaphance

Dutch snaphaan highway man, snaphance (influenced in meaning by snappen to snap and haan hammer of a gun), from Middle Dutch snaphaen highwayman, from snappen to snap, snatch + haen cock; akin to Old High German hani cock — more at snap, chant


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