One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small piece of flint that is used to ignite the gunpowder in a flintlock gun.
- ‘There's a pub there, close both to the huge Neolithic mines of Grime's Graves and the Lingheath pits that supplied gunflints to army, navy and buccaneers, called The Flint Knappers.’
- ‘Sancerre is different, too, in that it combines its fruit flavours with minerals, gunflint and chalk, enabling it to be drunk on its own or with food.’
- ‘Eight gunflints were recovered from the site.’
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