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[mee-tra-yœz] /mi traˈyœz/
noun, plural mitrailleuses
[mee-tra-yœz] /mi traˈyœz/ (Show IPA).
a machine gun. Unabridged
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  • After trying in vain to get the frantic animal within twenty feet of our mitrailleuse, he gave it up.

    The Killer Stewart Edward White
  • From it came a heavy rifle and mitrailleuse fire, but we did not respond.

    A Soldier of the Legion Edward Morlae
  • If he has a machinegun, such as a Maxim or a mitrailleuse, it is almost out of the question to train it vertically.

    Aeroplanes and Dirigibles of War Frederick A. Talbot
  • It was called a mitrailleuse, or a gun for firing grape-shot.

    Inventions of the Great War A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
  • Hope sprang into their minds that they might capture the mitrailleuse abandoned halfway up.

    A Tatter of Scarlet S. R. Crockett
  • Only those who have danced to its music can know what the mitrailleuse means.

    Average Americans Theodore Roosevelt
  • The so-called men of action, only turn the handle of the mitrailleuse which we have loaded.

  • As soon as the soldiers were within range she discharged the mitrailleuse at them.

  • We let loose with mitrailleuse, rifle, field-gun, everything that would throw death.

    The Valley of Vision Henry Van Dyke
  • A mitrailleuse, standing a hundred yards off, mows them down like grass.

    Paris under the Commune John Leighton
British Dictionary definitions for mitrailleuse


an early form of breech-loading machine gun having several parallel barrels
any French machine gun
Word Origin
C19: from French, from mitraille small shot, from Old French mistraille pieces of money, from mite²
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Word Origin and History for mitrailleuse

kind of machine gun, from French mitrailleuse (19c.), from Old French mitaille (14c.) "small coins," hence "old iron, scrap iron," then "grapeshot;" originally a diminutive of mite "a small coin" (see mite (n.2)). "For sense development it should be borne in mind that orig. guns used to be loaded with scrap iron" [Klein].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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