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[ahr-kwuh-buh s] /ˈɑr kwə bəs/
noun, plural arquebuses.
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Examples from the Web for arquebus
Historical Examples
  • Yet look as I might, everywhere did I see a breast-piece, morion, pike or arquebus.

  • His voice was like the yelp of an arquebus in the beginning of a battle.

  • Seizing an arquebus, he instantly closed his eyes and fired.

  • "An early Dutch arquebus, which you see in the corner," was the reply.

    Bat Wing Sax Rohmer
  • Caliver,” therefore, is practically synonymous with “arquebus.

  • And not a pike or arquebus to frighten them out of a rigid serenity.

    The Passionate Elopement Compton Mackenzie
  • Montesinos says they also taught him to ride horseback and shoot an arquebus.

    Inca Land Hiram Bingham
  • Besides these were fifty of the plainer sort, and there lacked not crossbow, lance and arquebus.

    1492 Mary Johnston
  • He was half hidden by yonder tree, but I saw the barrel of his arquebus.

    For The Admiral W.J. Marx
  • Elsewhere, the Accused speaks of the taking away 122 of an arquebus pointed at the officers, as he himself asserts (p. 71).

British Dictionary definitions for arquebus


a portable long-barrelled gun dating from the 15th century: fired by a wheel-lock or matchlock Also called hackbut, hagbut
Word Origin
C16: via Old French harquebuse from Middle Dutch hakebusse, literally: hook gun, from the shape of the butt, from hake hook + busse box, gun, from Late Latin busis box
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