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n.1.(Mil.) A small mortar on a gun carriage, in use before the howitzer.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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(148) * Hobits, an archaic 18th-century form of the word howitzer (OED).
THE West Midlands is becoming a region of 'HOBITS' according to new research released this week.