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Word Origin and History for parabellum

Parabellum

n.

proprietary name for a type of automatic firearm, 1904 (Mauser & Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken), from Latin phrase si vis pacem, para bellum, from para, imperative of parare "to prepare" (see para- (2)) + bellum "war" (see bellicose).

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Examples from the Web for parabellum

Historical Examples

  • The German flexible gun, the Parabellum, had the unsatisfactory belt feed.

    America's Munitions 1917-1918

    Benedict Crowell