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blunderbuss

[bluhn-der-buhs] /ˈblʌn dərˌbʌs/
noun
1.
a short musket of wide bore with expanded muzzle to scatter shot, bullets, or slugs at close range.
2.
an insensitive, blundering person.
Origin of blunderbuss
1645-1655
1645-55; < Dutch donderbus (equivalent to donder thunder + bus gun, box1) with donder replaced by blunder. See harquebus
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British Dictionary definitions for blunderbuss

blunderbuss

/ˈblʌndəˌbʌs/
noun
1.
an obsolete short musket with large bore and flared muzzle, used to scatter shot at short range
2.
(informal) a clumsy unsubtle person
Word Origin
C17: changed (through the influence of blunder) from Dutch donderbus; from donderthunder + obsolete bus gun
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Word Origin and History for blunderbuss
n.

1650s, from Dutch donderbus, from donder "thunder" (Middle Dutch doner, donder, from Proto-Germanic *thunaraz; see thunder (n.)) + bus "gun" (originally "box, tube"); altered by resemblance to blunder.

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