• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Pea-rifle a rifle throwing a very small bullet
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. pese, pl. pesen and peses—A.S. pisa, pl. pisan—L. pisum, Gr. pison.


In literature:

It was equivalent to killing an elephant with a pea-rifle.
"Michael, Brother of Jerry" by Jack London
It was not until he had left and returned again with a pea-rifle and a violin that Frederick recognised the brave private, Bulke.
"Atlantis" by Gerhart Hauptmann
The Rifles wore a square dark green patch, which the Soudan sun bleached to a pea green.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
With the usual caution of one accustomed to fighting Indians, he always went armed, usually with his long "pea" rifle.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
Yank's distinguishing feature was a long-barrelled "pea shooter" rifle.
"Gold" by Stewart White
A rifle bullet has no more effect on it than a pea from a pea-shooter.
"Wild Adventures in Wild Places" by Gordon Stables