A smoothbore shoulder gun used from the late 1500s through the early 1800s.
[French 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.]
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