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[ahr-kwuh-buh s] /ˈɑr kwə bəs/
noun, plural arquebuses.
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a portable long-barrelled gun dating from the 15th century: fired by a wheel-lock or matchlock Also called hackbut, hagbut
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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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