carbine


carbine
carbine 1580s, from Fr. carabine, used of light horsemen and also of the weapon they carried, perhaps from M.L. Calabrinus "Calabrian" (i.e., "rifle made in Calabria"). One far-fetched theory connects it to O.Fr. escarrabin "corpse-bearer during the plague," lit. (probably) "carrion beetle," said to have been an epithet for archers from Flanders.

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  • carbine — [kär′bīn΄, kär′bēn΄] n. [Fr carabine < carabin, mounted rifleman < OFr escarrabin, corpse bearer during the plague (lit., prob. “carrion beetle,” used as epithet for archers from Flanders) < scarabée: see SCARAB] 1. a rifle with a short… …   English World dictionary

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  • carbine — UK [ˈkɑː(r)baɪn] / US [ˈkɑrˌbaɪn] noun [countable] Word forms carbine : singular carbine plural carbines a short light rifle …   English dictionary

  • carbine — [[t]kɑ͟ː(r)baɪn, AM bi͟ːn[/t]] carbines N COUNT A carbine is a light automatic rifle …   English dictionary


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