{{11}}muzzle (n.) late 14c., "device put over an animal's mouth to stop it from biting, eating, or rooting," from O.Fr. musel "muzzle," also "snout, nose" (12c., Mod.Fr. museau), from muse "muzzle," from Gallo-Romance *musa "snout" (Cf. Prov. mus, O.Sp. mus, It. muso), of unknown origin, possibly related to L. morsus "bite" (but OED finds "serious difficulties" with this). Meaning "projecting part of the head of an animal" is from early 15c. in English; sense of "open end of a firearm" first recorded 1560s.
{{12}}muzzle (v.) "to put a muzzle on," early 15c., from MUZZLE (Cf. muzzle) (n.). Figurative use from 1610s. Related: Muzzled; muzzling.

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