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[ahr-kwuh-buh s]
noun, plural ar·que·bus·es.
  1. harquebus.
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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.

    In Search of Mademoiselle

    George Gibbs

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for arquebus



  1. a portable long-barrelled gun dating from the 15th century: fired by a wheel-lock or matchlockAlso called: hackbut, hagbut
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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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