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CALIVER

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Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 54 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CALIVER, a firearm used in the 16th century. The word is an English corruption of " calibre," and arises from the " arquebus of calibre," that is, of standard bore, which replaced the older arquebus. " Caliver," therefore, is practically synonymous with " arquebus." The heavier musket, fired from a rest, re-placed the caliver or arquebus towards the close of the century.
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