snaphance


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snaphance

(ˈsnæpˌhɑːns; ˈsnæpˌhæns) ,

snaphaunce

or

snaphaunch

n
(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a type of mechanism similar to a flintlock used to discharge a gun
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With the pan cover secured to prevent moisture from affecting the prime, the snaphance was ready for instant use.
It had obvious phallic overtones for Marston, who described himself in Certain Satires as a "snaphance satirist" (2.2).