cascabel

cascabel

[kas-kuh-bel]
noun
a knoblike projection at the rear of the breech of a muzzleloading cannon.

Origin:
1630–40; < Spanish: little round bell, rattle < Old Provençal cascavel, akin to Medieval Latin *cascabellus, equivalent to Vulgar Latin *cascab(us) (variant of Latin caccabus pot) + Latin -ellus diminutive suffix

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cascabel (ˈkæskəˌbɛl)
 
n
1.  a knoblike protrusion on the rear part of the breech of an obsolete muzzle-loading cannon
2.  the rear part itself
 
[C17: from Spanish: small bell, rattle, of uncertain origin]

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