Word Origin & History
"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.