Originally, it denoted the
cavalryman's fire-breathing rifle. Eventually, it came to denote the cavalryman
himself. What word is it?
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In France a soldier mounted on horseback
is a dragoon. Originally, the word - which derives from the French
dragon, which surprisingly means "dragon" -
referred to the musket: it not only could kill you, it breathed fire.
Eventually, it came to denote the cavarlymen who used the muskets.
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