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(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a firearm of large calibre used in the 16th and early 17th centuries, esp by cavalry soldiers
[C16: from French, literally: of the breast, from poitrine breast, from Latin pectus]


(ˈpɛ trə nl)

a firearm of large caliber, used from the 15th to 17th centuries.
[1570–80; < Middle French petrinal, dial. variant of poitrinal=poitrine chest (< Vulgar Latin *pectorīna, n. use of feminine of *pectorīnus of the breast; see pectoral, -ine1) + -al -al1]
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