percussion cap


noun

a small metallic cap or cup containing fulminating powder, formerly exploded by percussion to fire the charge of small arms.

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Origin of percussion cap

First recorded in 1815–25
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British Dictionary definitions for percussion cap

percussion cap

noun

a detonator consisting of a paper or thin metal cap containing material that explodes when struck and formerly used in certain firearms
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