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

  • n. A type of shot consisting of scrap iron loaded into a case and formerly used in naval warfare to damage sails and rigging.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Scraps of metal used to fire at an enemy in naval warfare.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of shot formerly used at sea for tearing sails and rigging. It consisted of bolts, nails, and other pieces of iron fastened together or inclosed in a canister.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as langrel.


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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