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parabellum

noun

a type of semiautomatic pistol or machine-gun; also called Luger, also written parabellum

Word Origin

Latin 'for war'

Usage Note

proprietary

parabellum

noun

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Parabellum

n.

proprietary name for a type of automatic firearm, 1904 (Mauser & Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken), from Latin phrase si vis pacem, para bellum, from para, imperative of parare "to prepare" (see para- (2)) + bellum "war" (see bellicose).

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