Minié ball

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Some Minié balls


Named after one of its developers, Claude-Étienne Minié.


Minié ball (plural Minié balls)

  1. (historical) A muzzle-loading bullet with a hollow base, much used in the second half of the nineteenth century.
    • 1988, James McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom, Oxford 2004, p. 730:
      So intense was the firing that at one point just behind the southern lines an oak tree nearly two feet thick was cut down by minié balls.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 112:
      Minié ball, judging from everybody else's wounds around that time.