- medieval form of musket.
- a kind of heavy cannon used in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Origin of culverin
1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French coulevrine < Latin colubrīna, feminine of colubrīnus colubrine
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Examples from the Web for culverin
Then he signalled to the mate to fire the culverin of which he had charge.The Sea-Hawk
Most of the guns were probably of culverin length: 30- to 32-caliber.
Like many gun names, the word "culverin" has a metaphorical meaning.
For instance, in dealing with culverin (p. 38), I connect Fr.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
And when he loaded his rifle—a sort of culverin or wall-piece, which no one but himself knew how to manage—gracious powers!
- a long-range medium to heavy cannon used during the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries
- a medieval musket
C15: from Old French coulevrine, from couleuvre, from Latin coluber serpent