[ tam-pee-uh n ]
/ ˈtæm pi ən /


a plug or stopper placed in the muzzle of a piece of ordnance when not in use, to keep out dampness and dust.
Also tompion.

Origin of tampion

1425–75; late Middle English tampyon, variant of tampon < Middle French, nasalized variant of Old French tapon, derivative of tape plug < Germanic. See tap2
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/ (ˈtæmpɪən) /


a plug placed in a gun's muzzle when the gun is not in use to keep out moisture and dust

Word Origin for tampion

C15: from French: tampon
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