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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Musket  \Mus"ket\,  n.  [F.  mousquet,  It  moschetto  formerly,  a 
  kind  of  hawk;  cf  OF  mousket,  moschet  a  kind  of  hawk 
  falcon,  F.  mouchet  prop.,  a  little  fly  (the  hawk  prob.  being 
  named  from  its  size),  fr  L.  musca  a  fly.  Cf  {Mosquito}.] 
  [Sometimes  written  also  {musquet}.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  The  male  of  the  sparrow  hawk. 
  2.  A  species  of  firearm  formerly  carried  by  the  infantry  of 
  an  army.  It  was  originally  fired  by  means  of  a  match,  or 
  matchlock,  for  which  several  mechanical  appliances 
  (including  the  flintlock,  and  finally  the  percussion  lock) 
  were  successively  substituted.  This  arm  has  been  generally 
  superseded  by  the  rifle. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  a  long-barrelled  muzzle-loading  shoulder  gun  formerly  used 
  by  infantrymen 

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