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Minié ball

[min-ee, min-ee-ey; French mee-nyey] /ˈmɪn i, ˈmɪn iˌeɪ; French miˈnyeɪ/
noun
1.
a conical bullet with a hollow base that expanded when fired, used in the 19th century.
Origin of Minié ball
1855-1860
1855-60; named after C. E. Minié (1814-79), French officer who invented it
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  • A minie ball cut the staff of the flag in two just above Billy's head.

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  • He led the charge and a minie ball struck him, and he said 'Lay me down.

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  • A minie ball imbedded itself in a rail beside Steve's cheek.

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  • He was riding in the center of the fight, cheering his men, when a minie ball cut an artery of his thigh.

    The Civil War Through the Camera Henry W. (Henry William) Elson
  • A great shot, aimed accurately as a minie ball, struck the frail pilot-house.

    The Civil War Through the Camera Henry W. (Henry William) Elson
  • Struck by a minie ball, he kept in the saddle, falling exhausted and dying from the loss of blood.

    The Civil War Through the Camera Henry W. (Henry William) Elson
  • Often a bayonet thrust was given before the minie ball went crashing through the body.

    The Black Phalanx Joseph T. Wilson
  • At the moment that Jenkins fell I received a severe shock from a minie ball passing through my throat and right shoulder.

    From Manassas to Appomattox James Longstreet
  • Endeavouring to draw himself a little higher, a minie ball went through his shoulder.

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British Dictionary definitions for minie ball

Minié ball

/ˈmɪnɪˌeɪ; French miɲe/
noun
1.
a conical rifle bullet, used in the 19th century, manufactured with a hollow base designed to expand when fired to fit the rifling
Word Origin
C19: named after Capt C. E. Minié (1814–1879), French army officer who invented it
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Word Origin and History for minie ball
n.

kind of rifle bullet, 1853, named for its inventor, French army officer Claude-Étienne Minié (1814-1879), who designed it 1847-8.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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