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mitrailleuse

[mee-tra-yœz] /mi traˈyœz/
noun, plural mitrailleuses
[mee-tra-yœz] /mi traˈyœz/ (Show IPA).
French.
1.
a machine gun.
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British Dictionary definitions for mitrailleuse

mitrailleuse

/ˌmɪtraɪˈɜːz/
noun
1.
an early form of breech-loading machine gun having several parallel barrels
2.
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
n.

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].

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