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gunflint

[guhn-flint] /ˈgʌnˌflɪnt/
noun
1.
the flint in a flintlock.
Origin of gunflint
1725-1735
1725-35; gun1 + flint
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  • It was one of those cases in which one has to resort to the gunflint.

    Columba Prosper Merimee
  • The wines had the dry smack of gunflint and the bouquet of powder, and the company imbibed freely.

    The Well of Saint Clare Anatole France
  • The glory of the rabbits remains, but the gunflint trade was, of course, vanished.

    Through East Anglia in a Motor Car J. E. (James Edmund) Vincent
British Dictionary definitions for gunflint

gunflint

/ˈɡʌnˌflɪnt/
noun
1.
a piece of flint in a flintlock's hammer used to strike the spark that ignites the charge
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