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flintlock

[flint-lok] /ˈflɪntˌlɒk/
noun
1.
an outmoded gunlock in which a piece of flint striking against steel produces sparks that ignite the priming.
2.
a firearm with such a lock.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; flint + lock1
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British Dictionary definitions for flintlock

flintlock

/ˈflɪntˌlɒk/
noun
1.
an obsolete gunlock in which the charge is ignited by a spark produced by a flint in the hammer
2.
a firearm having such a lock
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Word Origin and History for flintlock
n.

1680s as a type of musket-firing mechanism, from flint + lock (n.1).

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