musketoon

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From musket +‎ -oon, after French mousqueton. Compare Italian moschettone.

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musketoon (plural musketoons)

  1. (now historical) A firearm, similar to a musket but with a shorter barrel and a large bore. [from 17th c.]
    • 1844, Alexandre Dumas (translated by William Robson), The Three Musketeers Chapter 27
      And d'Artagnan set the example. Then, turning toward Planchet, he made him a sign to uncock his musketoon. The Englishmen, convinced of these peaceful proceedings, sheathed their swords grumblingly.
  2. (obsolete) One who is armed with such a musket. [16th c.]

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