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1. An early, crudely made musket.
2. A long heavy cannon used in the 16th and 17th centuries.
[Middle English, from Old French coulevrine, from couleuvre, snake, from Latin colubra, feminine of coluber.]
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1. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a long-range medium to heavy cannon used during the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries
2. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a medieval musket
[C15: from Old French coulevrine, from couleuvre, from Latin coluber serpent]
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cul•ver•in(ˈkʌl vər ɪn)
1. a medieval form of musket.
2. a kind of heavy cannon used in the 16th and 17th centuries.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French coulevrine < Latin colubrīna, feminine of colubrīnus colubrine]
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|Noun||1.||culverin - a heavy cannon with a long barrel used in the 16th and 17th centuries|
cannon - a large artillery gun that is usually on wheels
|2.||culverin - a medieval musket|
musket - a muzzle-loading shoulder gun with a long barrel; formerly used by infantrymen
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