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petronel

[ pe-truh-nl ]
/ ˈpɛ trə nl /
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noun
a firearm of large caliber, used from the 15th to the 17th century, that fired with its butt resting against the chest.
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Origin of petronel

1570–80; <Middle French petrinal, dialectal variant of poitrinal, equivalent to poitrine chest (<Vulgar Latin *pectorīna, noun use of feminine of *pectorīnus of the breast; see pectoral, -ine1) + -al-al1
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British Dictionary definitions for petronel

petronel
/ (ˈpɛtrəˌnɛl) /

noun
a firearm of large calibre used in the 16th and early 17th centuries, esp by cavalry soldiers

Word Origin for petronel

C16: from French, literally: of the breast, from poitrine breast, from Latin pectus
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