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ar·que·bus

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

(ˈɑːkwɪbəs) or

harquebus

n
(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]
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har•que•bus

(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.
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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
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the eating at your house is too good to make me think of not coming back." And thereupon D'Artagnan quitted his host, bowed to the guests, and took his arquebuse; but instead of shooting, went straight to the little port of Vannes.
"Nothing good, as you will see; for having set out, complaining still of weakness of the legs, he met a wild boar, which made head against him; he missed him with his arquebuse, and was ripped up by the beast and died immediately."
The only precaution he had taken in coming to the archbishopric was to leave his arquebuse in the hands of a friend.
Now and then during the night horses had galloped at a smart pace over the Buytenhof, the heavy tramp of the patrols had resounded from the pavement, and the slow matches of the arquebuses, flaring in the east wind, had thrown up at intervals a sudden glare as far as to the panes of his window.
the din of all the great double petards of the Saint-Jean, the discharge of twenty arquebuses on supports, the detonation of that famous serpentine of the Tower of Billy, which, during the siege of Paris, on Sunday, the twenty-sixth of September, 1465, killed seven Burgundians at one blow, the explosion of all the powder stored at the gate of the Temple, would have rent his ears less rudely at that solemn and dramatic moment, than these few words, which fell from the lips of the usher, "His eminence, Monseigneur the Cardinal de Bourbon."
Trophies of blunderbuses, matchlocks, arquebuses, carbines, all kinds of firearms, ancient and modern, were picturesquely interlaced against the walls.
When Don Quixote multiplies incorrectly in part one, chapter four, a note tells us: "Le compte est faux" (1.4:164n2) When the galley slaves are being released, the two flintlocks of the guards are reduced to one, so the note says: "Cervantes a oublie qu'il y a une autre arquebuse" (1.22:317n2).