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1. A short musket of wide bore and flaring muzzle, formerly used to scatter shot at close range.
2. A person regarded as clumsy and stupid.
[Alteration of Dutch donderbus : donder, thunder (from Middle Dutch doner; see (s)tenə- in Indo-European roots) + bus, gun (from Middle Dutch busse, tube, from Latin buxis, box; see box1).]
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1. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) an obsolete short musket with large bore and flared muzzle, used to scatter shot at short range
2. informal a clumsy unsubtle person
[C17: changed (through the influence of blunder) from Dutch donderbus; from donder thunder + obsolete bus gun]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a short musket of wide bore with expanded muzzle to scatter shot, bullets, or slugs at close range.
2. an insensitive, blundering person.
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|Noun||1.||blunderbuss - a short musket of wide bore with a flared muzzle|
bell - the flared opening of a tubular device
musket - a muzzle-loading shoulder gun with a long barrel; formerly used by infantrymen
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blunderbuss[ˈblʌndəbʌs] N → trabuco m
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n → Donnerbüchse f
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