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mitrailleuse

[mee-tra-yœz]
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noun, plural mi·trail·leuses [mee-tra-yœz] /mi traˈyœz/. French.
  1. a machine gun.
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Historical Examples

  • In Europe it became more popular than the French mitrailleuse.

    Artillery Through the Ages

    Albert Manucy

  • From it came a heavy rifle and mitrailleuse fire, but we did not respond.

  • We have the cuirassiers and the Turcos and ninety-six guns besides the mitrailleuse.

  • It was called a mitrailleuse, or a gun for firing grape-shot.

    Inventions of the Great War

    A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond

  • To save myself from a second dive I clutched hold of the mitrailleuse.

    How I Filmed the War

    Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins


British Dictionary definitions for mitrailleuse

mitrailleuse

noun
  1. an early form of breech-loading machine gun having several parallel barrels
  2. any French machine gun
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Word Origin

C19: from French, from mitraille small shot, from Old French mistraille pieces of money, from mite ²
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Word Origin and History for mitrailleuse

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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