carthoun

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Kartaune, from Italian quartana (25-pounder cannon).

Noun[edit]

carthoun (plural carthouns)

  1. (historical) A type of early cannon.
    • 1960, AM Holt, translating Gottfried Keller, Green Henry, Calder Publications 2010, p. 437:
      There too went Master Wolff Danner […] and by his side, Böheim, the master of the gun-founders who made their burnished, beautifully ornamented gun-barrels, cannon, primitive guns and carthouns famous through the whole world.