One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A type of straight-draw, bolt-action rifle used principally by the Canadian Army, especially in the First World War (1914–18).
Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Times. From the name of Sir Charles H. A. F. L. Ross, Scottish-born engineer and soldier + rifle.
Ross rifle/ˌrɒs ˈrʌɪfl/
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