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n.1.(Naut.) A short, round iron bar or lever used in naval gunnery.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The so-called Westley-Richards "Monkeytail" was declared suitable, and while the Army refused to adopt it, thousands were sold to the various Yeomany and Volunteer units and a carbine version was adopted by the cavalry.
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The 1860s saw the Portuguese army replace an assortment of English, French and Spanish muskets and rifled muskets with Westley-Richards "Monkeytail" rifles and carbines.