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muzzleloader

or muzzle-loader

[muhz-uh l-loh-der] /ˈmʌz əlˌloʊ dər/
noun
1.
a firearm that is loaded through the muzzle.
Origin of muzzleloader
1855-1860
First recorded in 1855-60; muzzle + loader
Related forms
muzzleloading, adjective
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Examples from the Web for muzzle-loader
Historical Examples
  • My own, a muzzle-loader, was discharged, but a rifle none the less.

  • It was a muzzle-loader—we had no Martinis or Mausers in those days.

    Aletta Bertram Mitford
  • At this time I was armed with a Springfield rifle, muzzle-loader, while the rest had the Spencer.

    In The Ranks R. E. McBride
  • Immediately there rang forth the sullen report of a muzzle-loader.

    Menotah Ernest G. Henham
  • The heavy ball from the muzzle-loader had struck Kazan fairly on top of the head.

    Kazan James Oliver Curwood
  • I took down the old weapon—it was a muzzle-loader—and called our little English terrier Grip.

    Lorimer of the Northwest Harold Bindloss
  • But for all its simplicity there were very many disadvantages attendant on the muzzle-loader.

    The British Navy Book

    Cyril Field
  • Thus, size for size, a breech-loading gun must have greater range and penetration than a muzzle-loader.

    The British Navy Book

    Cyril Field
  • His clothes were thoroughly drenched, and his gun, which was a flint-lock and muzzle-loader, entirely useless.

  • For hunting large game, they use a forty-four caliber Winchester, or a forty-five caliber German muzzle-loader.

British Dictionary definitions for muzzle-loader

muzzle-loader

noun
1.
a firearm receiving its ammunition through the muzzle
Derived Forms
muzzle-loading, adjective
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