bastard culverin


noun Military.

a 16th-century cannon, smaller than a culverin, firing a shot of between 5 and 8 pounds (11 and 17.6 kg).

Nearby words

  1. bast,
  2. bast fiber,
  3. basta,
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  5. bastard amber,
  6. bastard cut,
  7. bastard eigne,
  8. bastard file,
  9. bastard indigo,
  10. bastard mahogany

Origin of bastard culverin

First recorded in 1540–50

Also called bastard.

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