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 (är′kə-bəs, -kwə-)
Variant of harquebus.


(ˈɑːkwɪbəs) or


(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a portable long-barrelled gun dating from the 15th century: fired by a wheel-lock or matchlock. Also called: hackbut or hagbut
[C16: via Old French harquebuse from Middle Dutch hakebusse, literally: hook gun, from the shape of the butt, from hake hook + busse box, gun, from Late Latin busis box]


(ˈhɑr kwə bəs)

n., pl. -bus•es.
small-caliber long gun operated by a matchlock or wheel-lock mechanism, dating from about 1400.
[1525–35; < Middle French harquebusche (with intrusive -r-) < Middle Dutch hākebusse=hāke hook + busse gun (literally, box) < Late Latin buxis, for Latin buxus box1]
har`que•bus•ier′ (-kwə bəˈsɪər) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.arquebus - an obsolete firearm with a long barrelarquebus - an obsolete firearm with a long barrel
muzzle loader - an obsolete firearm that was loaded through the muzzle
References in classic literature ?
The ball was not a musket ball--it was an arquebus ball.
The conflict was not long; the wretch had nothing to defend himself with but his discharged arquebus.
D'Artagnan took the soldier's arquebus, made him go on before him, and urged him toward his companion by pricking him behind with his sword.
Struck by a stray arquebus bullet from the enemy in the Battle of Noryang in 1598 on the east end of the Noryang Straits, he was about to die.
However, it should be placed on the same shelf with Jacob de Gheyn's Arms Drill with Arquebus, Musket and Pike, written in 1607, for its historical significance rather than contemporary relevance.
As part of the research, ballistics intelligence specialists Arquebus examined 1,000 gun cartridge cases provided by the Serbian Police Directorate from their files.
My take is that hunters have been successful with fixed stocks since the arquebus, so it's one less variable to deal with.
4) Como recuerda Tallett, <<the rate of misfire with an arquebus might be as high as 50 per cent; even with a flintlock it was on shot in five>>.
The snug has an oddly shaped window that was listed as being the window through which an arquebus (an early muzzle-loaded ?
Little did Bartolomeo Beretta know in 1526 when he received an order for 185 arquebus barrels from the Doges of Venice that 486 years later his family would still be making guns under the Beretta banner in rural Gardone and be known for being the oldest family owned business in the world.
providing that anyone required to supply an arquebus could "carye not or use not the same Haquebut in any Highe waye, oneles it be coming or going to or from the Musters, or marching towares or from the Service of Defece of the Realme"); 8 TUDOR ROYAL PROCLAMATIONS 703 (Paul L.
The microscope, like the arquebus before it and the railway and university later, came to be a potent symbol of modernity.