Definitions

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  • n. A sort of trigger-based handgun or firearm, by which a burning match was applied, from which the musket was derived.

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Examples

  • This early model was called an arquebuse à croc, after the crutch that was needed to steady the weapon.

    Champlain's Dream

  • In short, Champlain fought at Lake Champlain, and probably at the Rivière des Iroquois and the Onondaga Village, with an arquebuse à rouet that was fired by a wheel lock.

    Champlain's Dream

  • These weapons were reported by contemporary writers to weigh in the range of 8.5 to 15 pounds, less than an arquebuse à croc.

    Champlain's Dream

  • A. O. Paulin-Desormeaux, in his treatise on these weapons, called them the arquebuse de chasse, a hunting weapon.

    Champlain's Dream

  • In 1609–10, Champlain fought the Mohawk with this arquebuse à rouet, a wheel lock weapon that did not require a burning match.

    Champlain's Dream

  • It was also an arquebuse de chasse, a weapon light enough to be fired from the shoulder without a fork.

    Champlain's Dream

  • The technology that produced the arquebuse à rouet also led to the development of wheel-lock pistols, which were larger than modern handguns but small enough to be hidden in clothing.

    Champlain's Dream

  • The arquebuse à rouet was an advanced model of a very costly weapon.

    Champlain's Dream

  • It is not a conventional matchlock, as historians have written, but a complex and very costly arquebuse à rouet, a wheel-lock arquebus.

    Champlain's Dream

  • Now John Brimblecombe had gone apart as soon as they landed, with a shamefaced and doleful countenance; and sitting down under a great tree, plucked a Bible from his bosom, and read steadfastly, girded with his great sword, and his arquebuse lying by him.

    Westward Ho!

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