a smoothbore, long-barreled firearm, used esp. by infantry soldiers before the invention of the rifle
Origin of musketMiddle French mosquet from Italian moschetto, musket, origin, originally , fledged arrow from mosca, a fly from Classical Latin musca: see midge
A smoothbore shoulder gun used from the late 1500s through the early 1800s.
Origin of musketFrench mousquet from Italian moschetto, moschetta a type of crossbow, musket from moschetto male sparrowhawk, bolt of a crossbow from diminutive of mosca fly (the male of the Eurasian sparrowhawk (Accipter nisus) being so called because it is smaller than the female) from Latin musca
- A species of firearm formerly carried by the infantry of an army. It was originally fired by means of a match, or matchlock, for which several mechanical appliances (including the flintlock, and finally the percussion lock) were successively substituted. This arm has been superseded by the rifle.
- Soldier, soldier, won't you marry me, with your musket, fife and drum.