firelock

[ fahyuhr-lok ]
/ ˈfaɪərˌlɒk /

noun

a gun having a lock in which the priming is ignited by sparks struck from flint and steel, as the flintlock musket.

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Origin of firelock

First recorded in 1540–50; fire + lock1
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British Dictionary definitions for firelock

firelock
/ (ˈfaɪəˌlɒk) /

noun

an obsolete type of gunlock with a priming mechanism ignited by sparks
a gun or musket having such a lock
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