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mitrailleuse

[ mee-tra-yœz ]
/ mi traˈyœz /
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noun, plural mi·trail·leuses [mee-tra-yœz] /mi traˈyœz/. French.

a machine gun.

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mitrailleuse

/ (ˌmɪtraɪˈɜːz) /

noun

an early form of breech-loading machine gun having several parallel barrels
any French machine gun

Word Origin for mitrailleuse

C19: from French, from mitraille small shot, from Old French mistraille pieces of money, from mite ²
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Word Origin and History for mitrailleuse

mitrailleuse


n.

kind of machine gun, from French mitrailleuse (19c.), from Old French mitaille (14c.) "small coins," hence "old iron, scrap iron," then "grapeshot;" originally a diminutive of mite "a small coin" (see mite (n.2)). "For sense development it should be borne in mind that orig. guns used to be loaded with scrap iron" [Klein].

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