Origin: Fr carabine < carabin, mounted rifleman < OFr escarrabin, corpse bearer during the plague (lit., prob. “carrion beetle,” used as epithet for archers from Flanders) < scarabée: see scarab
See carbine in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: French carabine
Origin: , from Old French carabin, soldier armed with a musket
Origin: , perhaps from escarrabin, gravedigger
Origin: , from scarabee, dung beetle; see scarab.
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