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1. A gun, the inside of whose barrel is grooved with spiral channels, thus giving the ball a rotary motion and insuring greater accuracy of fire. As a military firearm it has superseded the musket.

2. A body of soldiers armed with rifles.

3. A strip of wood covered with emery or a similar material, used for sharpening scythes. Rifle pit, a trench for sheltering sharpshooters.

Origin: Akin to Dan. Rifle, or riffel, the rifle of a gun, a chamfer (cf. Riffel, riffelbosse, a rifle gun, rifle to rifle a gun, G. Riefeln, riefen, to chamfer, groove), and E. Rive. See Rive, and cf. Riffle, Rivel.

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Deer/maggot biology

... compound bow with a bear hunting arrow. That would go straight through the deer because it is so powerful. Otherwise, it may have been shot with a rifle of some kind which also packs enough punch to go straight through. In both cases, damage could be considerable that infected would cause necrosis ...

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by daniel.kurz
Mon Nov 21, 2011 2:15 am
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Anthropogenic global warming?

... where you are coming from. Out of interest, blcr11, what is your view on the matter? That's a severe list of suggested reads...I think I'll have a rifle through the ones I havent glanced at already. Many thanks :) @ Robert: I suppose I should apologise lol :P

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Wed May 30, 2007 8:40 pm
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Anthropogenic global warming?
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