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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.
Oglethorpe had many of them in his 1740 bombardment of St. Augustine when the Spanish, trying to translate coehorn into their own tongue, called them
There were two coehorn mortars in the depression already referred to, and I suggested to him that he could serve them.
A shell from a coehorn burst prematurely, just as it left the mouth of the piece, and a fragment striking Prideaux on the head, killed him instantly.
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