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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.
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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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For the first scenario, which is a house placed near to the beach, three different sound sources were used: cannons, shots from harquebusiers, and shots from boats.
In response, from the sand, several shots are fired by cannons (Figure 2(b)) and harquebusiers (Figure 2(c)).
Outside the churches, the harquebusiers shot at the sculptures and
Harquebusiers were normally mounted on smaller horses and garbed in helmet; gorget; breast and backplates; and buff coats and armed with flintlock or wheellock harquebuses/carbines, pistols and swords.
Bandoliers were not used by harquebusiers who employed powder and priming flasks.
The powder behind the bullet had to be lit before the gun would fire, and it was as hard to reload as a crossbow, so that pikewielders were needed to protect the harquebusiers while they were reloading.