harquebus

[hahr-kwuh-buh s]
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noun, plural har·que·bus·es.

any of several small-caliber long guns operated by a matchlock or wheel-lock mechanism, dating from about 1400.

Nearby words

  1. harpoon,
  2. harpoon gun,
  3. harpsichord,
  4. harpy,
  5. harpy eagle,
  6. harquebusier,
  7. harrar,
  8. harrer,
  9. harridan,
  10. harrier

Also har·que·buse, har·que·buss, arquebus.

Origin of harquebus

1525–35; < Middle French harquebusche (with intrusive -r-) < Middle Dutch hākebusse, equivalent to hāke hook + busse gun (literally, box) < Late Latin buxis for Latin buxus box1

Also called hackbut, hagbut.

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British Dictionary definitions for harquebus

harquebus

noun plural -buses

a variant of arquebus
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