from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An early, crudely made musket.
- n. A long heavy cannon used in the 16th and 17th centuries.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A kind of handgun.
- n. A large cannon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A long cannon of the 16th century, usually an 18-pounder with serpent-shaped handles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An early name of the cannon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a heavy cannon with a long barrel used in the 16th and 17th centuries
- n. a medieval musket
Middle English, from Old French coulevrine, from couleuvre, snake, from Latin colubra, feminine of coluber.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French coulevrine, from couleuvre ("snake"), ultimately from Latin colubra, coluber ("snake"). (Wiktionary)