Harquebus definition

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A heavy portable matchlock gun invented during the 1400s.
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An early type of portable gun, supported on a hooked staff or forked rest during firing.
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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.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of harquebus - harquebuse

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
harquebus
Plural:
harquebuses, harquebusses

Origin of harquebus

  • Obsolete French harquebuse from Old French alteration of Middle Dutch hakebus hake hook keg- in Indo-European roots busse gun (from Late Latin buxis box box1)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition