One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A type of flintlock developed in Spain.
- ‘Up for sale is this Miquelet lock from an Algerian rifle.’
- ‘Could the lock on the flintlock-axe be a Miquelet lock which I think was used by the Spanish or Moors?’
- ‘They have been tentatively identified as Spanish Cavalry pieces and feature the distinctive Miquelet lock with brass and iron furniture.’
- ‘For overland trips or journeys into danger, Filippo owns a pair of very much unconcealable saddlebow pistols which were tailor-made by and for himself, a fact which tends to impress people even though they use old-fashioned Miquelet locks.’
Late 17th century: via French from Spanish miquelete, from Catalan Miquel, equivalent of the given name Michael.
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