cul·​ver·​in ˈkəl-və-rən How to pronounce culverin (audio)
: an early firearm:
: a rude musket
: a long cannon (such as an 18-pounder) of the 16th and 17th centuries

Examples of culverin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers recently found medieval cannonballs from culverins, an early form of cannon, that were most likely used by Vlad the Impaler, during his bloody battle in 1461 with the Ottoman Turks. Fox News, 5 Aug. 2019

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Word History


Middle English, from Middle French couleuvrine, from couleuvre snake, from Latin colubra

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of culverin was in the 15th century

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“Culverin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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