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 (är′kə-bəs, -kwə-)
Variant of harquebus.
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(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]
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(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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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. The sword of the Guardsman slipped along the barrel of the now-useless weapon, and passed through the thigh of the assassin, who fell.
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.
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In the first battle against the Iroquois, on the shores of what would be known as Lake Champlain, superior European military technology that the enemy had never encountered before won the day: Champlain fired his arquebus (forerunner to the rifle), loaded with four balls, at the Iroquois chiefs, and killed two and wounded another with one shot.
In 1526, Bartolomeo Beretta was granted a contract to produce 185 arquebus barrels for the city of Venice.
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.
My take is that hunters have been successful with fixed stocks since the arquebus, so it's one less variable to deal with.
On the blue walls of a downstairs gallery, several of Gustave Dore's matinee idol angels, two winged dandies from Peru (one armed with an arquebus), and a coterie of baroque cherubsdecidedly Christian imagesare joined not only by Islamic and Hindu angels, but by angel-embellished ketubot from Italy and Morocco, contemporary Israeli paintings of angels, and Paul Klee's "Angelus Novus," which Walter Benjamin owned, cherished, and transformed in his writing into a paradigmatic symbol of existential despair in the face of the Holocaust.
The snug has an oddly shaped window that was listed as being the window through which an arquebus (an early muzzle-loaded ?rearm) was shot.