Monday, 9 July 2012

Entry: harquebus (n.)

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Definition:  The early type of portable gun, varying in size from a small cannon to a musket, which on account of its weight was, when used in the field, supported upon a tripod, trestle, or other ‘carriage’, and afterwards upon a forked ‘rest’. The name in German and Flemish meant literally ‘hook-gun’, from the hook cast along with the piece, by which it was fastened to the ‘carriage’; but the name became generic for portable firearms generally in the 16th century, so that the type with the hook was subsequently distinguished as arquebuse à croc: see 2.


Other: Okay, that makes no sense to me, given the context.  It's +7000 with the humidity here, I have no air conditioning, so my attention span isn't as good as... hey, look, a puppy!

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Source: Oxford English Dictionary   


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