from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hand-gun.


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  • Je vis au pied d'un buisson, à vingt ou trente pas de moi, une espèce de soldat qui, sur deux batons croisés, appuyoit le bout d'une escopette, qui me parut plus longue qu'une pique, et avec laquelle il me couchoit en joue.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 344, June, 1844

  • There are bedsteads of bamboo; the universal tortilla-stone; mats of palm-leaf; baskets of the same material; a small altar-like fireplace in the middle of the floor; a bandolin hanging by the wall; a saddle of stamped leather, profusely ornamented with silver nails and plates; a hair bridle, with huge Mameluke bit; an escopette and sword, or machete; an endless variety of gaily-painted bowls, dishes, and cups, but neither knife, fork, nor spoon.

    The Rifle Rangers

  • Some mended their saddles, or were wiping out an old carbine or a clumsy escopette.

    The Rifle Rangers

  • The report was far louder than that of either carbine or escopette; and an ejaculation from Rube, as he saw the effect of the shot, followed by his usual ominous whistle, told that the old trapper was not disposed to make light of this new piece of ordnance.

    The War Trail The Hunt of the Wild Horse

  • They knew that our rifles once empty, the lazo could be used beyond pistol-range; and by such men, with far surer aim than either carbine or escopette!

    The War Trail The Hunt of the Wild Horse

  • A belt and pouch, an escopette upon which the hand is resting,

    The Scalp Hunters

  • One of the Mexicans had fired his escopette; but the bird flew on, plying its wings with more energy, as if to bear itself out of reach.

    The Scalp Hunters

  • I would as soon be shot in the hand with an escopette ball as drink the quantity of wine and eat the quantity of food that I have seen even women and children dispose of, as if it were mere pastime, on these railway journeys.

    The Land of Thor


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