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muzzleloader

or muz·zle-load·er

[muhz-uh l-loh-der]
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noun
  1. a firearm that is loaded through the muzzle.

Origin of muzzleloader

First recorded in 1855–60; muzzle + loader
Related formsmuz·zle·load·ing, 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.

    Tracks of a Rolling Stone

    Henry J. Coke

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for muzzle-loader

muzzle-loader

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