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arbalest

[ahr-buh-list] /ˈɑr bə lɪst/
noun
1.
a powerful medieval crossbow with a steel bow, used to shoot stones, metal balls, arrows, etc.
Also, arbalist.
Origin
1100
before 1100; < Old French arbaleste < Old Provençal < Late Latin arcuballista (see arc, ballista); replacing Middle English, late Old English arblast < Old French
Related forms
arbalester, arbalister
[ahr-buh-lis-ter] /ˈɑr bəˌlɪs tər/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for arbalest

arbalest

/ˈɑːbəlɪst/
noun
1.
a large medieval crossbow, usually cocked by mechanical means
Word Origin
C11: from Old French arbaleste, from Late Latin arcuballista, from Latin arcus bow + ballista
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Word Origin and History for arbalest
n.

"crossbow," c.1300, from Old French arbaleste "large crossbow with a crank" (12c., Modern French arbalète), from Vulgar Latin arbalista, from Late Latin arcuballista "catapult," from Latin arcus "bow" (see arc (n.)) + ballista "machine for throwing projectiles" (see ballistic). German armbrust is from the same French word but mangled by folk etymology.

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