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culverin

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Pronunciation: /ˈkʌlv(ə)rɪn
 
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Definition of culverin in English:

noun

1A 16th- or 17th-century cannon with a relatively long barrel for its bore.
Example sentences
  • And whereas the Spanish had only 21 culverins (long-range iron guns), the English had 153; whereas the Spanish had 151 demi-culverins, the English had 344.
  • A falcon shot a 2-to 3-pound projectile; a culverin fired a 15-to 22-pound projectile.
  • In view of the range he ascribes to the culverin, some remarks on gun performances are in order.
2A kind of handgun of the 15th and 16th centuries.
Example sentences
  • The culverins proved to be versatile and effective guns in the late medieval period.

Origin

late 15th century (in sense 2): from Old French coulevrine, from couleuvre 'snake', based on Latin colubra.

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