[ ahr-buh-list ]
/ ˈɑr bə lɪst /
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a powerful medieval crossbow with a steel bow, used to shoot stones, metal balls, arrows, etc.
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Origin of arbalest
OTHER WORDS FROM arbalestar·ba·lest·er, ar·ba·list·er [ahr-buh-lis-ter], /ˈɑr bəˌlɪs tər/, noun
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How to use arbalest in a sentence
Betwixt the third couple of towers were the butts for arquebus, crossbow, and arbalist.
Another name for the crossbow was 'arbalist,' and its arrows were called quarils, or bolts.Chatterbox, 1906|Various
The cross-bow, or arbalist, was a popular weapon with the Etolians, and was introduced into England in the thirteenth century.
Shoots excellently with the bow or arbalist, rides, swims, is a master of fence with the small sword.
He had brought his arbalist to his shoulder, when a commotion arose among the onlookers.
British Dictionary definitions for arbalest
/ (ˈɑːbəlɪst) /
a large medieval crossbow, usually cocked by mechanical means
Word Origin for arbalest
C11: from Old French arbaleste, from Late Latin arcuballista, from Latin arcus bow + ballista
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