mangonel

mangonel

[mang-guh-nel]
noun
(formerly) any of various military engines for throwing large stones, darts, and other missiles.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Old French (diminutive), derivative of Late Latin manganum < Greek mánganon engine of war

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mangonel (ˈmæŋɡəˌnɛl)
 
n
history a war engine for hurling stones
 
[C13: via Old French from Medieval Latin manganellus, ultimately from Greek manganon]

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mangonel
"military engine for hurling stones," c.1300, from O.Fr., dim. of M.L. mangonum, from V.L. *manganum "machine," from Gk. manganon "any means of tricking or bewitching," from PIE *mang- "to embellish, dress, trim" (cf. O.Pruss. manga "whore," M.Ir. meng "craft, deception"). Attested from c.1200 in Anglo-L.
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