squirrel rifle

noun

: a small-caliber rifle

called also squirrel gun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Annie Oakley’s lever-action .22 is also the most iconic squirrel rifle of all time. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, 18 Sep. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

from its being suitable only for small game

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of squirrel rifle was in 1834

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Cite this Entry

“Squirrel rifle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squirrel%20rifle. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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