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  • n. A small bronze mortar mounted on a wooden block with handles, and light enough to be carried short distances by two people.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small bronze mortar mounted on a wooden block with handles, and light enough to be carried short distances by two men.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small mortar for throwing grenades, light enough to be carried by a small number of men, usually four. Also spelled cohorn.

Etymologies

From its inventor, Baron Coehorn. (Wiktionary)

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  • "That we might do the Spaniards as much honour as possible, it was determined, in a council of war, that five of our largest ships should attack the fort on one side, while the battery, strengthened by two mortars and twenty-four cohorns, should ply it on the other."

    - Smollett, Roderick Random, 1748

    May 27, 2014