Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small cannon mounted on a swivel, usually shorter and with larger bore than the zingal. In English writings the name is especially applied to such a piece carried on a camel, the pivot which supports it being erected on the saddle in front of the rider.
- n. A small cannon supported by a swiveled rest, especially as mounted on the back of a camel.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mil.) A small cannon supported by a swiveled rest on the back of a camel, whence it is fired, -- used in the East.
- From Hindustani ज़ंबूरक / زنبورک (zambūrak), from Persian زنبورک (zambūrak), from زنبور (zambūr) ‘hornet’, from Arabic زُنْبُور (zumbūr) ‘hornet’. (Wiktionary)
“(link) Picture a zumbooruk, and where the cannon goes, you place the first, typically male, rider.”
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