an early type of portable gun, supported on a hooked staff or forked rest during firing
Origin of harquebusFrench arquebuse from Italian archibuso from Middle French harquebusche from Dutch hakebus: see hackbut
A heavy portable matchlock gun invented during the 1400s. Also called hackbut .
Origin of harquebusObsolete French harquebuse from Old French alteration of Middle Dutch hakebus hake hook ; see keg- in Indo-European roots. busse gun ( from Late Latin buxis box ; see box 1. )
(plural harquebuses or harquebusses)
- A portable gun, varying in size from a small cannon to a musket. When used in the field it was supported upon a tripod or trestle.