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[hahr-kwuh-buh s] /ˈhɑr kwə bəs/
noun, plural harquebuses.
any of several small-caliber long guns operated by a matchlock or wheel-lock mechanism, dating from about 1400.
Also, harquebuse, harquebuss, arquebus.
Also called hackbut, hagbut.
Origin of harquebus
1525-35; < Middle French harquebusche (with intrusive -r-) < Middle Dutch hākebusse, equivalent to hāke hook + busse gun (literally, box) < Late Latin buxis for Latin buxus box1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Of these weapons there were two sorts, the musket and the harquebus.

  • For that we might have trouble, four harquebus men and four crossbows were going.

    1492 Mary Johnston
  • Here's a fine blade, now, and a musket—give me a harquebus; I could shoot once, but my arm is all of a wamble now.

  • Well, a lot of Terrans in the Year Zero had never seen a suit of armor, or an harquebus, or even a tinder box or a spinning wheel.

    Naudsonce H. Beam Piper
  • Lupin thought of the Sire de Tancarville and the sentry who had killed him with a shot from his harquebus.

    The Crystal Stopper Maurice LeBlanc
  • The Caliver was a kind of short musket or harquebus, fired by a matchlock, and from its lightness did not require a rest.

    The Ornithology of Shakespeare James Edmund Harting
  • At the Admiral's command the harquebus and crossbow men laid their weapons down, though watchful eye was kept.

    1492 Mary Johnston
  • Improvements in the harquebus and musket, as it got to be called later on, continued to be developed from time to time.

    Broad-Sword and Single-Stick R. G. Allanson-Winn
British Dictionary definitions for harquebus


noun (pl) -buses
a variant of arquebus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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