variants or snaphaunce
ˈsnapˌ han|(t)s,
or less commonly snaphaan
plural -s
: a primitive flintlock
: an old-time musket having such a lock
obsolete : a snap catch or spring catch

Word History


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

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“Snaphance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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