cascabel

[kas-kuh-bel]

Origin of cascabel

1630–40; < Spanish: little round bell, rattle < Old Provençal cascavel, akin to Medieval Latin *cascabellus, equivalent to Vulgar Latin *cascab(us) (variant of Latin caccabus pot) + Latin -ellus diminutive suffix
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cascabel

noun
  1. a knoblike protrusion on the rear part of the breech of an obsolete muzzle-loading cannon
  2. the rear part itself

Word Origin for cascabel

C17: from Spanish: small bell, rattle, of uncertain origin
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