culverin

[ kuhl-ver-in ]
/ ˈkʌl vər ɪn /
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noun

medieval form of musket.
a kind of heavy cannon used in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Nearby words

  1. cultus coolee,
  2. culver,
  3. culver city,
  4. culver hole,
  5. culver's root,
  6. culvert,
  7. culzean castle,
  8. cum,
  9. cum dividend,
  10. cum grano salis

Origin of culverin

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French coulevrine < Latin colubrīna, feminine of colubrīnus colubrine

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culverin

/ (ˈkʌlvərɪn) /

noun

a long-range medium to heavy cannon used during the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries
a medieval musket

Word Origin for culverin

C15: from Old French coulevrine, from couleuvre, from Latin coluber serpent

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