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 box1).
(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.