bow-string

bowstring

[boh-string]
noun
1.
the string of an archer's bow.
2.
a string, typically of horsehair, for the bow of an instrument of the violin and viol families.
3.
(especially in the Ottoman Empire) a similar string for killing people by strangulation.
verb (used with object), bowstringed or bowstrung, bowstringing.
4.
to strangle with a bowstring or any string or band.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English bowe streng. See bow2, string

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bowstring (ˈbəʊˌstrɪŋ)
 
n
the string of an archer's bow, usually consisting of three strands of hemp

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