any of several small-caliber long guns operated by a matchlock or wheel-lock mechanism, dating from about 1400.
- Also har·que·bus, har·que·buse, har·que·buss [hahr-kwuh-buhs] /ˈhɑr kwə bəs/ .
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How to use arquebus in a sentence
Betwixt the third couple of towers were the butts for arquebus, crossbow, and arbalist.
arquebus, a hand-gun; a species of fire-arm of the sixteenth century, resembling a musket.
To handle the pike or arquebus efficiently required long training, and veterans were always accepted before recruits.Armour in England | J. Starkie Gardner
It was arranged that upon the discharge of an arquebus they were to surround the dwelling and suffer no one to escape.Notable Voyagers | W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
At the concerted signal four of the Spaniards rushed forward, the fifth discharged his arquebus.Notable Voyagers | W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
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
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