Before the word “shrapnel” came to be defined as “the fragments of an exploded bomb, mine or artillery shell,” it referred to a particular sort of shell filled with bullets or bits of metal that was designed to explode midflight when it was fired from a weapon. That lethal projectile was invented in the 1790s by a British artillery officer named Henry Shrapnel.
What style of sleeve with a loose-fitting armhole is named for a nobleman who lost an arm in battle?
Previous answer: Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka are stars in Orion’s Belt.
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