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culverin

[kuhl-ver-in] /ˈkʌl vər ɪn/
noun
1.
medieval form of musket.
2.
a kind of heavy cannon used in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French coulevrine < Latin colubrīna, feminine of colubrīnus colubrine
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British Dictionary definitions for culverin

culverin

/ˈkʌlvərɪn/
noun
1.
a long-range medium to heavy cannon used during the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries
2.
a medieval musket
Word Origin
C15: from Old French coulevrine, from couleuvre, from Latin coluber serpent
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Encyclopedia Article for culverin

medieval cannon of relatively long barrel and light construction. It fired light (8-16-pound [3.6-7.3-kg]) projectiles at long ranges along a flat trajectory.

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