[kraws-boh, kros-]
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.

1400–50; late Middle English crossbowe. See cross, bow2 Unabridged
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crossbow (ˈkrɒsˌbəʊ)
a type of medieval bow fixed transversely on a wooden stock grooved to direct a square-headed arrow (quarrel)

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., from cross (n.) + bow (n.1).
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Example sentences
On the floor of his apartment is a radio-controlled toy tank, and on the wall
  is a crossbow that shoots rubber-tipped darts.
Deer taken with crossbows will be registered as taken with a crossbow.
Authorizes the department of environmental conservation to promulgate standards
  authorizing hunting with a crossbow.
It is legal to hunt bear from a raised platform or tree stand when using a
  firearm, bow or crossbow.
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