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a shoulder rifle with a short barrel
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carbon – a nonmetallic element
A lightweight rifle with a short barrel.
[French carabine, from Old French carabin, soldier armed with a musket, perhaps from escarrabin, gravedigger, from scarabee, dung beetle; see scarab.]
1. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a light automatic or semiautomatic rifle of limited range
2. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) Also called: carabin or carabine a light short-barrelled shoulder rifle formerly used by cavalry
[C17: from French carabine, from Old French carabin carabineer, perhaps variant of escarrabin one who prepares corpses for burial, from scarabée, from Latin scarabaeus scarab]
car•bine(ˈkɑr bin, -baɪn)
1. a light, gas-operated semiautomatic rifle.
2. any of various short-barreled muskets or rifles used, orig. by cavalry troops, since c1600.
[1595–1605; < Middle French carabine]