One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A heavy firearm or field gun with a long barrel, suitable for firing with the barrel resting on a person's shoulder or mounted on a swivel, either in a static location or on a vehicle.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in London Gazette Extraordinary. From Urdu janjāl, perhaps a colloquial pronunciation of jazāʼil (from Persian jazāʼil), perhaps influenced by Hindi jañjāl encumbrance (with other formal similarities also suggesting that these words may have been associated with each other).
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