culverin

culverin

[kuhl-ver-in]
noun
1.
medieval form of musket.
2.
a kind of heavy cannon used in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French coulevrine < Latin colubrīna, feminine of colubrīnus colubrine

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culverin (ˈkʌlvərɪn)
 
n
1.  a long-range medium to heavy cannon used during the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries
2.  a medieval musket
 
[C15: from Old French coulevrine, from couleuvre, from Latin coluber serpent]

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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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