trebucket

trebuchet

[treb-yoo-shet, treb-yoo-shet]
noun
a medieval engine of war with a sling for hurling missiles.
Also, trebucket [tree-buhk-it, treb-yoo-ket] .


Origin:
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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trebuchet or trebucket (ˈtrɛbjʊˌʃɛt, ˈtriːbʌkɪt)
 
n
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
 
[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]
 
trebucket or trebucket
 
n
 
[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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trebuchet
"medieval stone-throwing engine of war," c.1300 (in Anglo-L. from 1224), from O.Fr. trebuchet (12c.) "siege engine," from trabucher "to overturn, overthrow" (11c.), from tra- (from L. trans-, here expressing "displacement") + O.Fr. buc "trunk, bulk," from W.Gmc. *buh- (cf. Ger. bauch "belly").
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