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Historical Examples

Hardly had Colonel Plouernel uttered these words when they heard a lively rattle of arquebus fire from the lake road.
The Pocket Bible or Christian the Printer Eugne Sue

Caliver,” therefore, is practically synonymous with “arquebus.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1 Various

After being equipped with light armour, each of us took an arquebus and went ashore.
The Niagara River Archer Butler Hulbert

Montesinos says they also taught him to ride horseback and shoot an arquebus.
Inca Land Hiram Bingham

Goddard had a pike and an arquebus, while De Brsac and I had each a poniard and a rapier.
In Search of Mademoiselle George Gibbs

Besides these were fifty of the plainer sort, and there lacked not crossbow, lance and arquebus.
1492 Mary Johnston

The musket and arquebus came later, and had matchlocks, an idea suggested by the trigger of the crossbow.
The Spell of Belgium Isabel Anderson

He was half hidden by yonder tree, but I saw the barrel of his arquebus.
For The Admiral W.J. Marx

And from among the bushes Ulenspiegel saw the jolly face of Lamme, and his arm raised as he hastily reloaded his arquebus.
The Legend of the Glorious Adventures of Tyl Ulenspiegel in the land of Flanders and elsewhere Charles de Coster

To handle the pike or arquebus efficiently required long training, and veterans were always accepted before recruits.
Armour in England J. Starkie Gardner

a portable long-barrelled gun dating from the 15th century: fired by a wheel-lock or matchlock Also called hackbut, hagbut


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