from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A clip-fed, gas-operated assault rifle of Soviet design having a caliber of 7.62 millimeters and used throughout the world by armed forces and paramilitary organizations.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The Soviet-built 1947 Kalashnikov assault rifle or any similar rifle built to this design.


Russian A(vtomat) K(alashnikova), automatic gun of Kalashnikov, after Viktor Timofeevich Kalashnikov (born 1919), Soviet arms engineer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Russian АК-47 (AK-47), shortened from автомат Калашникова 1947 (avtomát Kalášnikova 1947), from the name of the designer Mikhail Kalashnikov. (Wiktionary)



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