- Old style of firearm with a distinctive large opening at the muzzle, therefore able to fire quantities of nails, stones, shot, etc.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
BLUNDERBUSS. A short gun, with a wide bore, for carrying
slugs; also a stupid, blundering fellow.
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)
Blun"der*buss (&?;), n. [Either fr.
blunder + D. bus tube, box, akin to G. büchse
box, gun, E. box; or corrupted fr. D. donderbus (literally)
thunder box, gun, musket.] 1. A short gun or firearm,
with a large bore, capable of holding a number of balls, and intended to do
execution without exact aim.
2. A stupid, blundering fellow.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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