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[French haquebute, from Old French hacquebute, alteration (influenced by buter, to aim at) of Middle Dutch hakebus; see harquebus.]

hack′but·eer′ (-bə-tîr′), hack′but′ter n.
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(ˈhækbʌt) or


(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) another word for arquebus
ˌhackbutˈeer, ˈhackbutter, ˌhagbutˈeer, ˈhagbutter n
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Noun1.hackbut - an obsolete firearm with a long barrelhackbut - an obsolete firearm with a long barrel
muzzle loader - an obsolete firearm that was loaded through the muzzle
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The little wall, breast high, which surrounded the Place, would not have sufficed to keep it free had it not been lined with a thick hedge of sergeants and hackbuteers, culverines in hand.