squirrel rifle


: a small-caliber rifle

called also squirrel gun

Examples of squirrel rifle in a Sentence

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Word History


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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“Squirrel rifle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squirrel%20rifle. Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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