fire-arm

firearm

[fahyuhr-ahrm]
noun
a small arms weapon, as a rifle or pistol, from which a projectile is fired by gunpowder.

Origin:
1640–50; fire + arm2

firearmed, adjective
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firearm (ˈfaɪərˌɑːm)
 
n
a weapon, esp a portable gun or pistol, from which a projectile can be discharged by an explosion caused by igniting gunpowder, etc

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firearm
1640s, from fire (n.) + arm (2). Related: Firearms.
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