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Zum*boo"ruk (?), n. [Turk. & Ar. zambrak, fr. Ar. zambr a hornet.] (Mil.) A small cannon supported by a swiveled rest on the back of a camel, whence it is fired, -- used in the East.  [Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, 1913]

Yes, this is a cannon mounted on a camel. Sort of the fin de siècle version of a Somali 'technical', I guess.

I imagine this would require a camel with great sang-froid not to panic when the thing is fired. Or fall over from the recoil. And you would have to ask the camel nicely to duck his head when you're firing directly forward. At least, if you want to use the same camel more than once.

Interesting post on the Nightshade boards by Jim Van Pelt about the ur-story, the story in your mind before you start to write, what happens to it when you try to transfer it to the page... and how to get it back when you've lost it.


meaning: resist, match

抵抗== teikou == (noun that can take する to act as a verb) electrical resistance, resistance, opposition
大抵 == taitei == (adjective that takes な, adverb, noun) usually, generally

Left radical is one of the radical versions of 'hand'. Right radical is 'bottom of hill', acting phonetically to express 'push back'. To 'push back with the hand' is to resist.  Henshall suggests taking the right radical as 'clan' (氏) and 'one' (一), and as a mnemonic: 'Resist clan with one hand.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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