from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A breechloading rifle introduced into the French army in 1866.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A kind of breechloading, centre-fire rifle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of breechloading, center-fire rifle, or improved needle gun.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The breech-loading rifle officially introduced into the French army in 1866-68.
French, after Antoine Alphonse Chassepot (1833-1905), French gunsmith.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Surname of the French inventor. (Wiktionary)