harquebuse

harquebus

[hahr-kwuh-buhs]
noun, plural harquebuses.
any of several small-caliber long guns operated by a matchlock or wheel-lock mechanism, dating from about 1400.
Also, harquebuse, harquebuss, arquebus.
Also called hackbut, hagbut.


Origin:
1525–35; < Middle French harquebusche (with intrusive -r-) < Middle Dutch hākebusse, equivalent to hāke hook + busse gun (literally, box) < Late Latin buxis for Latin buxus box1

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harquebus (ˈhɑːkwɪbəs)
 
n , pl -buses
a variant of arquebus

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