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howitzer

[ hou-it-ser ]
/ ˈhaʊ ɪt sər /
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noun Ordnance.

a cannon having a comparatively short barrel, used especially for firing shells at a high angle of elevation, as for reaching a target behind cover or in a trench.

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Origin of howitzer

1685–95; earlier hauwitzer<Dutch houvietser, equivalent to houviets- (<German Haubitze,Middle High German haufnitz<Czech houfnice slingshot) + -er-er1
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howitzer
/ (ˈhaʊɪtsə) /

noun

a cannon having a short or medium barrel with a low muzzle velocity and a steep angle of fire

Word Origin for howitzer

C16: from Dutch houwitser, from German Haubitze, from Czech houfnice stone-sling
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