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crossbow

[kraws-boh, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˌboʊ, ˈkrɒs-/
noun
1.
a medieval weapon consisting of a bow fixed transversely on a stock having a trigger mechanism to release the bowstring, and often incorporating or accompanied by a mechanism for bending the bow.
Origin of crossbow
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English crossbowe. See cross, bow2
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crossbow

/ˈkrɒsˌbəʊ/
noun
1.
a type of medieval bow fixed transversely on a wooden stock grooved to direct a square-headed arrow (quarrel)
Derived Forms
crossbowman, noun
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Word Origin and History for crossbow
n.

mid-15c., from cross (n.) + bow (n.1).

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