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Old PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin ballista, from Ancient Greek βαλλίστρα (ballístra).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

baesta f (plural baestas)

  1. crossbow
    • 13th century, attributed to Alfonso X of Castile, Cantigas de Santa Maria, E codex, cantiga 154 (facsimile):
      Como un tafur tirou con hũa baeſta hũa seeta cõtra o ceo con ſanna p̈ q̇ pdera. p̃ q̃ cuidaua q̇ firia a deos o.ſ.M̃.
      How a gambler shot, with a crossbow, a bolt at the sky, wrathful because he had lost. Because he wanted it to wound God or Holy Mary.

Related termsEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • Galician: bésta
  • Portuguese: besta