from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A 17th century firearm, using a matchlock or a wheellock mechanism to make sparks in the firing pan.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A sort of hand cannon, or portable firearm, used in France in the 15th century.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A band-firearm introduced in the sixteenth century, shorter than the ordinary harquebus, but longer than the pistol; a sort of large horse-pistol. It was fired by a match-lock, wheel-lock, or other appliance, according to the period in which it was used.
- n. In heraldry, a pistol used as a bearing.
Lothian and Fife — saddle our Spanish barb, and bid French Paris see our petronel be charged! —
Now, amidst other brave men with swords, he would be as one that carried sword, and petronel to boot.
He had both dagger and arquebus, and I my hand petronel and dagger too.
I suffered the tortures of the damned, and fain would I have scattered my throbbing brains with that last charge of my hand petronel; but ever as I raised it dead
But even as he gibed at me, leaning over the brink, dead Alvaro's ice-cold hand guided my petronel till it covered the black fiend's body, and the iron ball struck full and true below his throat.
Immediately (and ere I might shoot again) his fellows dragged him down, and lying prone on their bellies let fly wildly in my direction with petronel and musquetoon.
Ever and anon would come the faint crack of caliver or petronel from her high poop, and the thunder of her stern-chase guns.
Stayed the gleam on the steel cap, the glint on the slant petronel.
A petronel bullet had glanced off my front plate, striking it at an angle, and had left a broad groove across it.
When I heard that, I saw my way in the snap of a petronel. '