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or dem·i·cul·ver·in

  1. a culverin having a bore of about 4½ inches (11 cm) and firing a shot of about 10 pounds (5 kg).
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Origin of demi-culverin

From the French word demi-coulevrine, dating back to 1580–90. See demi-, culverin
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Examples from the Web for demi-culverin

Historical Examples

  • Demi-Culverin weigheth 3,000 lbs., and hath 4½ inches within the mouth.

    An English Garner (4 of 8)


  • Our demi-culverin is bigger, I'se warrant, than any gun she has aboard.

  • A demi-culverin shot may reach the castle from the anchorage, and the castle is of no strength.

  • But Smith loaded a demi-culverin with stones and fired upon a great tree, icicle-hung.