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Attributive Designating certain firearms invented by Hotchkiss or manufactured by the company he established, especially a carriage-mounted cannon with a set of revolving barrels, and also machine-guns developed by his successors.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Janesville Gazette. From the name of Benjamin Berkeley Hotchkiss, U.S. engineer, who invented certain firearms and established a company for their manufacture in France in 1867.
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