from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small, round, medium-hot dried chili.
- n. A rounded projection behind the breech of a muzzleloading cannon.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small, round, hot variety of chili pepper, Capsicum annuum, which rattles when dry.
- n. A knob at the end of a cannon, cast onto the gun barrel, to which ropes are attached in order to control recoil.
- n. A bell attached to a sleigh or sleigh harness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The projection in rear of the breech of a cannon, usually a knob or breeching loop connected with the gun by a neck. In old writers it included all in rear of the base ring. [See Illust. of cannon.]
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That part of a cannon which is behind the base-ring, including the base and knob.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a bell attached to a sleigh, or to the harness of a horse that is pulling a sleigh
Spanish, bell, rattle, from Old Provençal cascavel, from Vulgar Latin *cascābellus, probably from *quassicāre, to rattle, crack, from Latin quassāre, to shatter; see squash2. Sense 1, from the sound of the loose seeds in the dried fruit.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish cascabel ("bell, rattle"). (Wiktionary)