minie ball

Minié ball

[min-ee, min-ee-ey; French mee-nyey]
noun
a conical bullet with a hollow base that expanded when fired, used in the 19th century.

Origin:
1855–60; named after C. E. Minié (1814–79), French officer who invented it

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Minié ball (ˈmɪnɪˌeɪ, French miɲe)
 
n
a conical rifle bullet, used in the 19th century, manufactured with a hollow base designed to expand when fired to fit the rifling
 
[C19: named after Capt C. E. Minié (1814--1879), French army officer who invented it]

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minie ball
kind of rifle bullet, 1853, named for its inventor, Fr. army officer Claude-Étienne Minié (1814-79), who designed it 1847-8.
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