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  • n. Plural form of harquebus.


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  • Their soldiery consisted of heavily mounted dragoons equipped with steel-plated armor; large-caliber, muzzle-loading harquebuses and miquelets, pikes, and gleaming sabers.


  • No tribe had ever managed to resist for very long the surge of nascent American civilization with its harquebuses and blunderbusses and muskets and eventually lethal repeating weapons and its endless stocks of eager, land-greedy settlers, its elegant moral double standards and its complete disregard for native interests.


  • The apparition of Catherine Seyton, which the page had let loose in the first moment of astonishment, vanished in darkness; but the plash of oars was heard, and, in a second or two, five or six harquebuses and a falconet were fired from the battlements of the castle successively, as if levelled at some object on the water.

    The Abbot

  • Inventories of weapons at Quebec refer explicitly to the presence of “harquebuses à rouet.”

    Champlain's Dream

  • A Quebec inventory in that year listed four “harquebuses à rouet” and forty “mousquets avec leurs bandoliers.”

    Champlain's Dream

  • Added to this sound was that of the birds, who were as agitated as ever, the frogs, the crickets, the dogs, and the Spaniards themselves, the new inhabitants of this land, who contributed with the clamorous sounds of their armor, their cannons, and their harquebuses.


  • Although she had not witnessed the killings in the Great Temple, she had Cholula as a precedent, so with utmost clarity her mind reproduced the sounds of flesh tearing, the screaming, the weeping, the explosion of harquebuses, the sound of bells on the ankles of fleeing people trying to scale the walls.


  • Cortés knew that there would not be enough horses, artillery, and harquebuses to achieve dominion over these lands.


  • Flambeau, who was a friend of Angus, received him in a rococo artistic den behind his office, of which the ornaments were sabres, harquebuses, Eastern curiosities, flasks of Italian wine, savage cooking-pots, a plumy Persian cat, and a small dusty-looking

    The Complete Father Brown

  • For that they go out to the plain for the sake of running about and hurling arrows and lances, and of firing harquebuses, and for the sake of hunting the wild animals and getting a knowledge of plants and stones, and agriculture and pasturage; sometimes the band of boys does one thing, sometimes another.

    The City of the Sun


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