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powder flask

a small flask of gunpowder formerly carried by soldiers and hunters.
Origin of powder flask
First recorded in 1745-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In it was a stone table on which the footman placed two pistols, a foot and half long, with a powder flask and scales.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • From her girdle hung on one side a powder flask, an axe, and a bowie knife; on the other, a bullet pouch and a long Indian pipe.

    The Prairie Flower Gustave Aimard
  • He flung back one hand to his holster for a pistol, while the other reached for the powder flask at his belt.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • Captain Wyeth found his powder flask at Fort Union upon his return in the summer of 1833.

  • I cleaned his gun, filled his powder flask, and ran to do his every bidding.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • My gun and powder flask is within, and any moment the powder may explode.

  • "We don't need it," replied McNabbs, exhibiting a powder flask in a perfect state of preservation.

  • For powder flask they used a hollow gourd, which was first dried in the sun.

    On the Spanish Main John Masefield
  • This was his powder flask, which was wrapped in the folds of the cloth round his waist.

    Under Drake's Flag G. A. Henty
  • But now the guns are all rusty, and the powder flask is empty.

British Dictionary definitions for powder flask

powder flask

a small flask or case formerly used to carry gunpowder
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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