cascabel(redirected from cascabels)
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1. A small, round, medium-hot dried chili.
2. A rounded projection behind the breech of a muzzleloading cannon.
[Spanish, bell, rattle, from Old Provençal cascavel, from Vulgar Latin *cascābellus, probably from *quassicāre, to rattle, crack, from Latin quassāre, to shatter; see squash2. Sense 1, from the sound of the loose seeds in the dried fruit.]
1. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a knoblike protrusion on the rear part of the breech of an obsolete muzzle-loading cannon
2. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) the rear part itself
[C17: from Spanish: small bell, rattle, of uncertain origin]
a knoblike projection at the rear of the breech of a muzzleloading cannon.
[1630–40; < Sp: little bell]