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  • noun Plural form of arquebuse.


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  • As for small arms, such as arquebuses, pistols, pikes, axes, swords, bows -- long and cross -- arrows, and bolts, a full supply for a much stronger crew than his own had already been found, irrespective of the well-tried weapons which they had brought with them across the isthmus.

    The Cruise of the Nonsuch Buccaneer

  • Overcome by Spanish firepower -- both from arquebuses and the deadly crossbow -- the Tabascans surrendered, accepted Christianity and then attempted to further propitiate the victors with food, cotton goods and slaves.

    Jeronimo de Aguilar: the marooned priest who speeded the conquest

  • It was all one to me if they decided on arquebuses; after a month spent listening to them prosing about jamming ramrods, and getting oil on my trousers, I found myself sharing the view of old General Scarlett, who once told me:

    The Sky Writer

  • Champlain observed that the Mohawk in the fort were “astonished at the reports of our arquebuses,” and “frightened at the execution done by the bullets, having seen many of their companions fall dead and wounded, thinking these shots to be irresistible.”

    Champlain's Dream

  • Together they made a brave sight on the beautiful river: Champlain and the French in their shallop with their arquebuses, burnished armor, plumed helmets, feathered hats, bright ensigns, streaming banners, and all the panoply of European warfare.

    Champlain's Dream

  • They asked Champlain to order the firing of arquebuses.

    Champlain's Dream

  • We might imagine the scene: French leaders with their burnished helmets, gleaming cuirasses, arquebuses, flags, and feathers; the Huron and Algonquin in vivid face paint, buckskins, bows, arrows, beadwork, and more feathers.

    Champlain's Dream

  • Champlain sent men with arquebuses into the woods to stop them and discovered that they were “our own people.”

    Champlain's Dream

  • Four brass swivels, which they had brought up, were mounted, fixed in logs, so as to command the path; the musketeers and archers clustered round them with their tackle ready, and half-a-dozen good marksmen volunteered into the cotton-tree with their arquebuses, as a post whence “a man might have very pretty shooting.”

    Westward Ho!

  • But what is that deeper note, like a series of muffled explosions, — arquebuses fired within some subterranean cavern, — the heavy pulse of which rolls up through the depths of the unseen forest?

    Westward Ho!


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