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petronel

[pe-truh-nl] /ˈpɛ trə nl/
noun
1.
a firearm of large caliber, used from the 15th to the 17th century, that fired with its butt resting against the chest.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Middle French petrinal, dialectal variant of poitrinal, equivalent to poitrine chest (< Vulgar Latin *pectorīna, noun use of feminine of *pectorīnus of the breast; see pectoral, -ine1) + -al -al1
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petronel

/ˈpɛtrəˌnɛl/
noun
1.
a firearm of large calibre used in the 16th and early 17th centuries, esp by cavalry soldiers
Word Origin
C16: from French, literally: of the breast, from poitrine breast, from Latin pectus
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