[shas-poh; French shas-poh]
- a breechloading rifle, closed with a sliding bolt, introduced into the French army after 1866.
Origin of chassepot
1865–70; named after A. A. Chassepot (1833–1905), French mechanic, who invented it
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He was collecting chassepots, and received five sous for every chassepot he brought in.The Downfall
A soldier placing his chassepot at his ear blew out his brains.History of the Commune of 1871
Chassepot, shas′po, n. the kind of bolt-action breechloading rifle adopted by the French army in 1866.
Here and there a rifleman stood, his chassepot resting on the iron railing, his face turned towards the woods.
Its only tenant was a sentinel, yellow with jaundice, who seized his chassepot with shaking hands and called a shrill "Qui Vive?"
- a breech-loading bolt-action rifle formerly used by the French Army
C19: named after A. A. Chassepot (1833–1905), French gunsmith who invented it
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Word Origin and History for chassepot
bolt-action breechloading rifle used by French forces in the Franco-Prussian War, 1870, named for French inventor Antonine-Alphonse Chassepot (1833-1905).
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