Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • It was also typical that the prosecutor would have enlisted someone else to deliver it, one of the lads who regarded Arkady as ancient and as unpredictable as a loaded harquebus.

    Three Stations : An Arkady Renko Novel

  • Malinalli had not yet finished translating these last words when the discharge of a harquebus signaled the beginning of the slaughter.

    MALINCHE

  • Without the mastery of the language, his weapons were useless; it would be like using a harquebus as a club instead of firing it.

    MALINCHE

  • Ruby had taken the relic piece — more relative to the harquebus than to the current fashion in rifles — and hunted wild turkey and deer through the winter, jerking the venison by the fire like an Indian.

    Cold Mountain

  • Raising the harquebus, Sulu fired and was almost knocked down by the heavy weapon.

    Shadow Lord

  • Ruby had taken the relic piece -- more relative to the harquebus than to the current fashion in rifles -- and hunted wild turkey and deer through the winter, jerking the venison by the fire like an Indian.

    Cold Mountain

  • I also see a modern U. S.-made rifle, an AK-47, or a harquebus from the times of the Spanish conquistadors.

    Mexican Newspaper Interviews Fidel Castro Part IX Comments on Insurgencies

  • Mary could see Riccio grab on to the bedpost in the bedroom, only to have his fingers clubbed with the stock of a harquebus.

    Mary Queen Of Scotland And The Isles

  • In later ages students will say, "Ah, in Scotland a new player came to fight," just as we now study siege-machines and the catapult and the harquebus.

    Mary Queen Of Scotland And The Isles

  • He is even more calculating and slow-moving than Catherine de Medicis, and fancies himself the champion of the Church; now that the Pope has condemned me, he would never lift a finger or a sword or a harquebus to restore me.

    Mary Queen Of Scotland And The Isles

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