One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A gun fired at intervals of a minute, especially at a funeral.
- ‘The army death reveille, the minute gun, the tolling of bells for the dead, the tocsin, etc., all have their roots in the attributes assigned to the primitive drum.’
- ‘A coffin with the word LIBERTY in capital letters engraved upon it, was borne to the cemetery on the shoulders of eight men, while the minute gun was fired.’
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