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Minié ball

[min-ee, min-ee-ey; French mee-nyey] /ˈmɪn i, ˈmɪn iˌeɪ; French miˈnyeɪ/
a conical bullet with a hollow base that expanded when fired, used in the 19th century.
Origin of Minié ball
1855-60; named after C. E. Minié (1814-79), French officer who invented it Unabridged
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Minié ball

/ˈmɪnɪˌeɪ; French miɲe/
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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minie ball


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

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