- a knoblike projection at the rear of the breech of a muzzleloading cannon.
Origin of cascabel
1630–40; < Spanish: little round bell, rattle < Old Provençal cascavel, akin to Medieval Latin *cascabellus, equivalent to Vulgar Latin *cascab(us) (variant of Latin caccabus pot) + Latin -ellus diminutive suffix
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While uttering these words she had drawn from her girdle a small stiletto, with a blade sharp as the tongue of a cascabel.The Pirates of the Prairies
Cascabel, kas′ka-bel, n. the whole rear part behind the base-ring of a cannon.
When the breech of the gun is above the port-sill, hook the garnet and the thwart-ship-tackle to the cascabel, and bowse on both.
On the upper jaw of the cascabel, the preponderance in pounds to be stamped lightly with half-inch figures.
On the end of the upper jaw, the cascabel block and head of the pin, the foundry number in quarter-inch figures.
- a knoblike protrusion on the rear part of the breech of an obsolete muzzle-loading cannon
- the rear part itself
C17: from Spanish: small bell, rattle, of uncertain origin
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