Minié ball

[ min-ee, min-ee-ey; French mee-nyey ]
/ ˈmɪn i, ˈmɪn iˌeɪ; French miˈnyeɪ /


a conical bullet with a hollow base that expanded when fired, used in the 19th century.

Origin of Minié ball

1855–60; named after C. E. Minié (1814–79), French officer who invented it Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Minié ball

/ (ˈmɪnɪˌeɪ, French miɲe) /


a conical rifle bullet, used in the 19th century, manufactured with a hollow base designed to expand when fired to fit the rifling

Word Origin for Minié ball

C19: named after Capt C. E. Minié (1814–1879), French army officer who invented it
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