jezail

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Persian جزایل (jazā'īl).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /dʒəˈzʌɪl, /dʒəˈzeɪl/

Noun[edit]

jezail (plural jezails)

  1. (now chiefly historical) An Afghan matchlock or flintlock musket fired from a forked rest.
    • 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet, I:
      There I was struck on the shoulder by a Jezail bullet, which shattered the bone and grazed the subclavian artery.
    • 1990, Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game, Folio Society 2010, p. 9:
      Those deadly, long-barrelled jezails, which once wrought such slaughter among the British redcoats, had as their modern counterparts the heat-seeking Stinger, which proved so lethal against Russian helicopter-gunships.