One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small container with a nozzle for carrying and dispensing gunpowder.
- ‘He buried his powder flask to the west of the pass.’
- ‘On another occasion it was stated that a man who had been brought up from the Port with his hand shattered by the explosion of a powder flask was not visited by the surgeon till the fourth day after he had been in the infirmary.’
powder flask/ˈpoudər ˌflask/
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