Culverin

/ˈkʌlv(ə)rɪn/

Origin

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

Culverin

noun

  1. medieval form of musket.
  2. a kind of heavy cannon used in the 16th and 17th centuries.
  3. a long-range medium to heavy cannon used during the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries
  4. a medieval musket

dictionary.com

Culverin

noun

  1. A 16th- or 17th-century cannon with a relatively long barrel for its bore.
  2. A kind of handgun of the 15th and 16th centuries.

lexico.com

Culverin

noun

  1. : an early firearm:
  2. : a rude musket
  3. : a long cannon (such as an 18-pounder) of the 16th and 17th centuries

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Example sentences for Culverin

  1. Hogshead is a prettier fellow than Culverin, by two quarts; and Culverin than Musquet, by a full pint.
  2. Sir Mark and his men and Culverin Carr and his men would defend her.
  3. Collado, that Spanish mathematician of the sixteenth century, used the culverin ladle as the master pattern (fig. 45).
  4. 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.
  5. They say he be, mistress, and that he pooked Captain Culverin about her, and the captain was nearly drowned as well.

Nearby words

cultus coolee , culver , culver city , culver hole , culver's root , culvert , culzean castle , cum , cum dividend , cum grano salis

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