Definition of muzzle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmʌzl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌzl//
    Pets, Parts of animals
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  1. 1 the nose and mouth of an animal, especially a dog or a horse She stood by the pony, stroking its muzzle. compare snout See related entries: Pets, Parts of animals
  2. 2a device made of leather or plastic that you put over the nose and mouth of an animal, especially a dog, to prevent it from biting people See related entries: Pets
  3. 3the open end of a gun, where the bullets come out Bright muzzle flashes were visible even through the fog.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French musel, diminutive of medieval Latin musum, of unknown ultimate origin.
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