One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A light flintlock musket.
- ‘These fusils were of great demand in Canada by the Indians, traders, hunters and even the military units.’
- ‘The orders passed by the various ‘Titons’, stipulated that there should be 30,000 fusils in the Magasin Royal des Armes at all times during times of war and 12,000 during times of peace.’
- ‘Fusilier regiments were composed of soldiers armed only with fusils, unlike line regiments which comprised both musketmen and pikemen.’
- ‘The fusil is fitted with an unusual brass lock-plate.’
- ‘Beside you, wrapped in your capote against the dampness, is your fusil.’
- ‘Checking the Caywood Website showed this French fusil, once returned, would be available for $1,485 plus shipping (this reflects an additional $100 for the optional brass lockplate).’
Late 16th century (denoting a flint in a tinderbox): from French, based on Latin focus ‘hearth, fire’.
An elongated lozenge.
Late Middle English: from Old French fusel, from a diminutive of Latin fusus ‘spindle’.
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