Mitrailleuse



[mee-tra-yœz] /mi traˈyœz/

noun, plural mitrailleuses
[mee-tra-yœz] /mi traˈyœz/ (Show IPA). French.
1.
a machine gun.
/ˌmɪtraɪˈɜːz/
noun
1.
an early form of breech-loading machine gun having several parallel barrels
2.
any French machine gun
n.

kind of machine gun, from French mitrailleuse (19c.), from Old French mitaille (14c.) “small coins,” hence “old iron, scrap iron,” then “grapeshot;” originally a diminutive of mite “a small coin” (see mite (n.2)). “For sense development it should be borne in mind that orig. guns used to be loaded with scrap iron” [Klein].

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