from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A light gun for shooting fowls or birds of any kind.
  • n. A picture of game.


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  • Right: you shall see in the country, in harvest-time, pigeons, though they destroy never so much corn, the farmer dare not present the fowling-piece to them: why? because they belong to the lord of the manor; whilst your poor sparrows, that belong to the Lord of

    The White Devil

  • There was a red light shining through the crevices of a door at one corner of the building, and a dog presently came out baying loudly, and a limping man followed with a fowling-piece.

    The Memoires of Barry Lyndon

  • I am as tall as yonder fellow, and can kill with a fowling-piece as well as any man I know.

    The Virginians

  • Their images scarce ranged beyond the red horizon of the moor and the rainy hill-top, the shepherd and his sheep, a fowling-piece, a spade, a pipe, a dunghill, a crowing cock, the shining and the withdrawal of the sun.

    Lay Morals

  • Another of them fell in the advance; but now, inured to the noise of fire-arms, and their passions roused to fury, the survivors rushed upon Ralph, who had not time to pick up another musket, but clubbing his fowling-piece, defended himself with the butt end of it until one of his assailants got within the sweep of it and grappled him round the body.

    Ralph Rashleigh

  • I know you are a great sportsman, and oblige many of your friends: I need not tell you to make use of my grounds; but it may be necessary to hint, that I am more afraid of my fowling-piece than of my game.

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

  • I have got an excellent fowling-piece from Mr Lismahago, who is a keen sportsman, and we shall take the heath in all weathers. —

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

  • When I reflect on the immense quantity of powder and shot which I crammed down the muzzle of my uncouth fowling-piece, I am less surprised at the number of birds which I slaughtered than that I never blew my hands, face, and old honeycombed gun, it one and the same time, to pieces.


  • The grocer was dimly visible within, with an ancient fowling-piece in hand, watching its endeavours.

    The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth

  • For the fowling-piece I would suggest No. 12 bore, with barrels at least four feet in length.

    How I Found Livingstone


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