ar·​que·​bus ˈär-kwi-(ˌ)bəs How to pronounce arquebus (audio)

variant of harquebus

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

Examples of arquebus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The worshipers insisted on congregating to pray at the crucifix in the local church and threatened to shoot with an arquebus – a long gun used during the Renaissance period – anyone who got in their way. Hannah Marcus, The Conversation, 25 Sep. 2020

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“Arquebus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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variant of harquebus

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