Definition of culverin in English:
1A 16th- or 17th-century cannon with a relatively long barrel for its bore.
- 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.
Late 15th century (in sense 2): from Old French coulevrine, from couleuvre 'snake', based on Latin colubra.
Definition of culverin in:
- US English dictionary
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