arquebus :

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  • n  an obsolete firearm with a long barrel

  • The sale included a 16th century burgonet (helmet with cheek-pieces), the highest priced item, which went to a private collector for $3,200, and a 1560 wheel-lock Italian arquebus .
  • It has lived through the threat of the Armada, when 15 stalwart citizens went off to war bearing pike, arquebus and sword.
  • But just as the official murderer discharged his arquebus at Coligny, the Protestant leader bent to adjust a shoe.

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