crossbow

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A crossbow

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English crosbowe, crossebowe, equivalent to cross +‎ bow.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkɹɒsbəʊ/
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NounEdit

crossbow (plural crossbows)

  1. A mechanised weapon, based on the bow and arrow, that shoots bolts.
  2. A portable ballista that can be held in the hand.

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DescendantsEdit

  • Irish: crosbhogha (calque)
  • Japanese: クロスボウ
  • Welsh: bwa croes (calque)

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