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percussion cap

Translation of percussion cap in Spanish:

noun

  • cápsula (feminine) fulminante
    Example sentences
    • With the introduction of the percussion cap in 1822, and the conical Mini rifle-bullet in 1849, the infantry attack column was doomed, as the Russians found out to their cost in the Crimean war.
    • The first handgun appeared with a wrought iron forged barrel in the 15th century, then came the matchlock in the 15th century, the wheel-lock and flintlock in the 16th century, and the percussion cap arriving early in the 19th century.
    • The trigger detonates a pre-loaded percussion cap which both blasts the projectile out the front of the launcher and ignites the rocket.

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    In some Andean countries, particularly Chile, onces is a light meal eaten between five and six p.m., the equivalent of "afternoon tea" in Britain. In Colombia, on the other hand, onces is a light snack eaten between breakfast and lunch. It is also known as mediasnueves.