- a kind of medieval musket
- a long, heavy cannon of the 15th-17th cent.
Origin of culverinFrench coulevrine from couleuvre, adder from Vulgar Latin an unverified form culobra, for Classical Latin colubra, a serpent, snake from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)kel-, to bend: see colon
- An early, crudely made musket.
- A long heavy cannon used in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Origin of culverinMiddle English from Old French coulevrine from couleuvre snake from Latin colubra feminine of coluber