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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blunderbuss  \Blun"der*buss\,  n.  [Either  fr  blunder  +  D.  bus 
  tube,  box,  akin  to  G.  b["u]chse  box,  gun,  E.  box;  or 
  corrupted  fr  D.  donderbus  (literally)  thunder  box,  gun, 
  musket.] 
  1.  A  short  gun  or  firearm,  with  a  large  bore,  capable  of 
  holding  a  number  of  balls,  and  intended  to  do  execution 
  without  exact  aim 
 
  2.  A  stupid,  blundering  fellow. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  blunderbuss 
  n  :  a  short  musket  of  wide  bore  with  a  flared  muzzle 




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