One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A military device for throwing stones and other missiles.
- ‘That gave us the time to move arbalests and mangonels into position along the walls.’
- ‘The battering rams and mangonels would be ready in a few days.’
- ‘Three of the most common were the ballista, the mangonel, and the trebuchet.’
- ‘All you need do is use the mangonel to breach its walls.’
- ‘It would take a mangonel to bring that wall down if they even knew the door was there.’
Middle English: from Old French mangonel(le), from medieval Latin manganellus, diminutive of late Latin manganum, from Greek manganon ‘axis, engine of war’.
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