[kraws-boh-muhn, -boh-, kros-]
noun, plural crossbowmen.
(in medieval warfare) a soldier armed with a crossbow.
a person equipped with or skilled in the use of a crossbow.

1490–1500; crossbow + -man Unabridged
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Crossbowmen were also valuable in counterattacks to protect their infantry.
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