Arquebus Ar"que*bus, Arquebuse Ar"que*buse (?; 277), n. [F. arquebuse, OF. harquebuse, fr. D. haak-bus; cf. G. hakenb["u]chse a gun with a hook. See {Hagbut}.] A sort of hand gun or firearm a contrivance answering to a trigger, by which the burning match was applied. The musket was a later invention. [Written also {harquebus}.] [1913 Webster]

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  • arquebus — ar·que·bus || ɑːkwɪbÉ™s n. (Archaic) firearm with a long barrel …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • arquebus — /ˈakwəbəs/ (say ahkwuhbuhs) noun a light handgun with matchlock or wheel lock mechanism. Also, harquebus. {French arquebuse, from Italian (obsolete) arcobuso, from Dutch haakbus} …   Australian English dictionary

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