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harquebus

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noun har·que·bus \ˈhär-kwi-(ˌ)bəs, -kə-bəs\

Definition of harquebus

  1. :  a matchlock gun invented in the 15th century which was portable but heavy and was usually fired from a support

harquebusier play \ˌhär-kwi-(ˌ)bə-ˈsir, -kə-bə-\ noun


Variants of harquebus

or arquebus play \ˈär-\

Origin of harquebus

Middle French harquebuse, arquebuse, modification of Middle Dutch hakebusse, from hake hook + busse tube, box, gun, from Late Latin buxis box


First Known Use: 1532


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