Definition of lupara in English:

lupara

Line breaks: lu¦para
Pronunciation: /lʊˈpɑːrə
 
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noun

  • A sawn-off shotgun, especially as used by the Mafia.
    More example sentences
    • In 1986, on my previous visit, I watched a herd of 1000 horses, sheep and cattle being driven by eight or nine horsemen, the guardiani of the Mafia estates, most with the lupara (sawn-off shotgun) slung over their backs.
    • Not far away is a lupara, a short double-barrel shotgun, kept in a broken open condition.
    • You could hear that racket upstairs; which explains why my uncle would come down the banister with a broom, and a lupara.

Origin

Italian, slang term from lupa 'she-wolf'.

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