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

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French coulevrine < Latin colubrīna, feminine of colubrīnus colubrine
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  1. a long-range medium to heavy cannon used during the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries
  2. a medieval musket
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Word Origin

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