- 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.