fusil

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English[edit]

A fusil (heraldric symbol)
A fusil (flintlock musket), 1766 model

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈfjuːzɪl/
    • (file)

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French fusel, fuisel, from a late Latin diminutive of Latin fūsus (spindle).

Noun[edit]

fusil (plural fusils)

  1. (heraldry) A bearing of a rhomboidal figure, originally representing a spindle in shape, longer than a heraldic lozenge.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle French fusil, ultimately from Latin focus (hearth; fire). Doublet of fusee.

Noun[edit]

fusil (plural fusils)

  1. (now historical) A light flintlock musket or firelock.
    • 1751, Tobias Smollett, The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, vol II, ch. 43:
      [H]e out of meer wantonness attempted to trip up the heels of the soldier that stood next him, but failed in the execution, and received a blow of his breast with the butt end of a fusil, that made him stagger several paces backward.
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Adjective[edit]

fusil (comparative more fusil, superlative most fusil)

  1. Obsolete form of fusile.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French fuisil, foisil, from Vulgar Latin *focīlis (petra), from Latin focus. Compare Italian fucile.

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Noun[edit]

fusil m (plural fusils)

  1. rifle, gun
  2. steel to strike sparks from a flint (pierre à fusil)

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Descendants[edit]

  • Catalan: fusell
  • Spanish: fusil

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French fusil.

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Noun[edit]

fusil m (plural fusiles)

  1. rifle
    Synonym: rifle

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