harquebus
or arquebus noun Etymology: Middle French harquebuse, arquebuse, modification of Middle Dutch hakebusse, from hake hook + busse tube, box, gun, from Late Latin buxis box Date: 1532 a matchlock gun invented in the 15th century which was portable but heavy and was usually fired from a support • harquebusier noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Harquebus — Har que*bus Harquebuse Har que*buse (h[aum]r kw[ e]*b[u^]s), n. [See {Arquebus}.] A firearm with match holder, trigger, and tumbler, made in the second half of the 15th century. The barrel was about forty inches long. A form of the harquebus was… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • harquebus — (also arquebus) ► NOUN historical ▪ an early type of portable gun supported on a tripod or a forked rest. ORIGIN French harquebuse, from Low German hake hook + busse gun …   English terms dictionary

  • harquebus — [här′kwə bəs] n. [Fr arquebuse < It archibuso < MFr harquebusche < Du hakebus: see HACKBUT] an early type of portable gun, supported on a hooked staff or forked rest during firing …   English World dictionary

  • harquebus — /hahr kweuh beuhs/, n., pl. harquebuses. any of several small caliber long guns operated by a matchlock or wheel lock mechanism, dating from about 1400. Also, harquebuse, harquebuss, arquebus. Also called hackbut, hagbut. [1525 35; < MF… …   Universalium

  • harquebus — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Harquebus — Early kind of gun which used a tripod or a V shaped rest to support the unwieldy barrel. They were quicker to learn to use than a *long bow or *crossbow …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • harquebus — har·que·bus || hÉ‘rkwɪbÉ™s / hɑːk n. ancient type of portable firearm having a long barrel …   English contemporary dictionary

  • harquebus — [ hα:kwɪbəs] (also arquebus) noun historical an early type of portable gun supported on a tripod or a forked rest. Origin C16: from Fr. harquebuse, based on Mid. Low Ger. hakebusse, from hake hook + busse gun …   English new terms dictionary

  • harquebus — har·que·bus …   English syllables

  • harquebus — har•que•bus [[t]ˈhɑr kwə bəs[/t]] n. pl. bus•es mil small caliber long gun operated by a matchlock or wheel lock mechanism, dating from about 1400 • Etymology: 1525–35; < MF harquebusche (with intrusive r ) < MD hākebusse=hāke hook +busse… …   From formal English to slang

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