1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French coulevrine < Latin colubrīna, feminine of colubrīnus colubrine (Source: dictionary.com)
Late 15th century (in culverin (sense 2)): from Old French coulevrine, from couleuvre ‘snake’, based on Latin colubra. (Source: lexico.com)
Definitions of Culverin
- medieval form of musket.
- a kind of heavy cannon used in the 16th and 17th centuries.
- a long-range medium to heavy cannon used during the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries
- a medieval musket
- A 16th- or 17th-century cannon with a relatively long barrel for its bore.
- A kind of handgun of the 15th and 16th centuries.
- : an early firearm:
- : a rude musket
- : a long cannon (such as an 18-pounder) of the 16th and 17th centuries
Example sentences for Culverin
- Hogshead is a prettier fellow than Culverin, by two quarts; and Culverin than Musquet, by a full pint.
- Sir Mark and his men and Culverin Carr and his men would defend her.
- Collado, that Spanish mathematician of the sixteenth century, used the culverin ladle as the master pattern (fig. 45).
- If the gunner came across a culverin only 24 calibers long, he must load this piece with only 24/30 of the ball's weight.
- They say he be, mistress, and that he pooked Captain Culverin about her, and the captain was nearly drowned as well.
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