a knoblike projection at the rear of the breech of a muzzleloading cannon.
Historical Examples

The recoil was taken up by a heavy hempen hawser fastened to the bulwarks and passed through the cascabel of the gun.
With the Battle Fleet Franklin Matthews

cascabel, kas′ka-bel, n. the whole rear part behind the base-ring of a cannon.
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various

This chain had in some strange way become twisted about the screw of the cascabel.
Sea Stories Various

On the end of the upper jaw, the cascabel block and head of the pin, the foundry number in quarter-inch figures.
Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy. Bureau of Ordnance, USN

A moulding formerly round a cannon, at a little distance from its breech, the cascabel, and another near the muzzle.
The Sailor’s Word-Book William Henry Smyth

The body of a cascabel, or rattlesnake; appeared in the gaping orifice of the bag.
The Queen of the Savannah Gustave Aimard

The admiral laughed, and seemed to be pleased with this confidence, while Captain cascabel shook his head.
Brave Old Salt Oliver Optic

Among the snake family there are some venomous species, notably the viper and the cascabel.
Journeys and Experiences in Argentina, Paraguay, and Chile Henry Stephens

He went on deck, where he found Captain cascabel and the first lieutenant, smoking their cigars.
Brave Old Salt Oliver Optic

Here we found the two small ranchos, known as cascabel, and stopped for the night.
The Putumayo, The Devil’s Paradise Walter Hardenburg

a knoblike protrusion on the rear part of the breech of an obsolete muzzle-loading cannon
the rear part itself


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