from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A heavy portable matchlock gun invented during the 15th century. Also called hackbut.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An obsolete matchlock firearm.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A firearm with match holder, trigger, and tumbler, made in the second half of the 15th century. The barrel was about forty inches long. A form of the harquebus was subsequently called arquebus with matchlock.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An old form of hand-firearm.
- n. A harquebusier.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an obsolete firearm with a long barrel
Obsolete French harquebuse, from Old French, alteration of Middle Dutch hakebus : hake, hook; + busse, gun (from Late Latin buxis, box).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)