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matchlock

[mach-lok] /ˈmætʃˌlɒk/
noun
1.
an old form of gunlock in which the priming was ignited by a slow match.
2.
a hand gun, usually a musket, with such a lock.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; match1 + lock1
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matchlock

/ˈmætʃˌlɒk/
noun
1.
an obsolete type of gunlock igniting the powder by means of a slow match
2.
a gun having such a lock
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Word Origin and History for matchlock
n.

1690s, from match (n.1), in reference to the firing mechanism, + lock (n.1) in the firearm sense (1540s); probably so called for its resemblance to a door-latching device.

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