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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cul’verin
 
properly means a serpent (Latin, colubri’nus, the col’uber), but is applied to a long, slender piece of artillery employed in the sixteenth century to carry balls to a great distance. Queen Elizabeth’s “Pocket Pistol” in Dover Castle is a culverin.   1
 


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