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[tam-pee-uh n] /ˈtæm pi ən/
a plug or stopper placed in the muzzle of a piece of ordnance when not in use, to keep out dampness and dust.
Also, tompion.
Origin of tampion
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English tampyon, variant of tampon < Middle French, nasalized variant of Old French tapon, derivative of tape plug < Germanic. See tap2 Unabridged
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a plug placed in a gun's muzzle when the gun is not in use to keep out moisture and dust
Word Origin
C15: from French: tampon
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Word Origin and History for tampion

early 15c., "plug, bung," from Middle French tampon, nasalized variant of Old French tapon "piece of cloth to stop a hole" (late 14c.), a suffixed form of Frankish *tappo "stopper, plug," related to Old High German zapfo and Old English tæppa "stopper" (see tap (2)). Meaning "wooden plug for the muzzle of a gun" (to keep out rain or seawater) is recorded from 1620s.

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