Bandolier

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Bandolier

1. A broad leather belt formerly worn by soldiers over the right shoulder and across the breast under the left arm. Originally it was used for supporting the musket and twelve cases for charges, but later only as a cartridge belt.

2. One of the leather or wooden cases in which the charges of powder were carried.

Origin: f. Bandouliere (cf.It. Bandoliera, Sp.bandolera), fr.F. Bande band, Sp.&It. Banda. See band.