from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small cannon supported by a swiveled rest, especially as mounted on the back of a camel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small cannon supported by a swiveled rest on the back of a camel, whence it is fired, -- used in the East.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small cannon mounted on a swivel, usually shorter and with larger bore than the zingal.


From Hindustani ज़ंबूरक / زنبورک (zambūrak), from Persian زنبورک (zambūrak), from زنبور (zambūr) ‘hornet’, from Arabic زُنْبُور (zumbūr) ‘hornet’. (Wiktionary)


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