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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pivot-gun; a boat-gun for wild-duck shooting.


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  • Then down the wind came the boom of the great stanchion-gun; and after that sound another sound, louder as it neared; a cry as of all the bells of Cambridge, and all the hounds of

    Prose Idylls, New and Old


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