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trebuchet

[treb-yoo-shet, treb-yoo-shet] /ˈtrɛb yʊˌʃɛt, ˌtrɛb yʊˈʃɛt/
noun
1.
a medieval engine of war with a sling for hurling missiles.
Also, trebucket
[tree-buhk-it, treb-yoo-ket] /ˈtriˌbʌk ɪt, ˌtrɛb yʊˈkɛt/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to trebuch(er) to overturn, fall (tre(s) across, over (< Latin trāns- trans-) + buc trunk of body < Germanic; compare Old English būc belly) + -et -et
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  • The trebuchet is often confused with the earlier, less powerful torsion engines.
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trebuchet

/ˈtrɛbjʊˌʃɛt/
noun
1.
a large medieval siege engine for hurling missiles consisting of a sling on a pivoted wooden arm set in motion by the fall of a weight
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from trebuchier to stumble, from tre-trans- + -buchier, from buc trunk of the body, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German būh belly, Old English buc
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Word Origin and History for trebuchet
n.

"medieval stone-throwing engine of war," c.1300 (in Anglo-Latin from early 13c.), from Old French trebuchet (12c.) "siege engine," from trabucher "to overturn, overthrow" (11c.), from tra- (from Latin trans-, here expressing "displacement") + Old French buc "trunk, bulk," from West Germanic *buh- (cf. German bauch "belly").

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