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wheel lock

noun
1.
an old type of gunlock in which sparks are produced by the friction of a small steel wheel against a piece of iron pyrites.
2.
a gun having such a gunlock.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70
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British Dictionary definitions for wheel-lock

wheel lock

noun
1.
a gunlock formerly in use in which the firing mechanism was activated by sparks produced by friction between a small steel wheel and a flint
2.
a gun having such a lock
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