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snaphaunce

[snap-hans, -hahns] /ˈsnæp hæns, -hɑns/
noun
1.
an early flintlock mechanism for igniting a charge of gunpowder in a gun.
Origin of snaphaunce
1580-1590
1580-90; < Dutch snaphaan (or German Schnapphahn) orig., highwayman, equivalent to snap(pen) to snatch, snap + haan rooster (Dutch haan, German Hahn, parallel to cock1, mean both “rooster” and “hammer of a firearm”); source of final s unclear
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