arquebus

[ahr-kwuh-buh s]
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arquebus

harquebus

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

Word Origin for arquebus

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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