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HOLSTER

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Originally appearing in Volume V13, Page 619 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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HOLSTER, a leather case to hold a pistol, used by a horseman and properly fastened to the saddle-bow, but sometimes worn in the belt. The same word appears in Dutch, from which the English word probably directly derives. The root is het- or hulto cover, and is seen in the O. Eng. heolster, a place of shelter or concealment, and in " hull " a sheath or covering. The German word for the same object, holfter, is, according to the New English Dictionary, from a different root.
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