from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A military engine used during the Middle Ages for hurling stones and other missiles.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A military engine formerly used for throwing stones and burning objects.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A military engine formerly used for throwing stones and javelins.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A military engine formerly used for throwing stones, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles
Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin mangonellus, diminutive of Late Latin manganum, catapult, from Greek manganon, war machine.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French mangonel, from Latin manganellus, manganum, from Ancient Greek μάγγανον. (Wiktionary)