harquebus

play
noun har·que·bus \ ˈhär-kwi-(ˌ)bəs , -kə-bəs \
variants: or play \ˈär-kwi-(ˌ)bəs, -kə-bəs\

Definition of harquebus

: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

Origin and Etymology of harquebus

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


Learn More about harquebus


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up harquebus? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!