crossbow

[ kraws-boh, kros- ]
/ ˈkrɔsˌboʊ, ˈkrɒs- /

noun

a medieval weapon consisting of a bow fixed transversely on a stock having a trigger mechanism to release the bowstring, and often incorporating or accompanied by a mechanism for bending the bow.

Origin of crossbow

First recorded in 1400–50, crossbow is from the late Middle English word crossbowe. See cross, bow2
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British Dictionary definitions for crossbow

crossbow

/ (ˈkrɒsˌbəʊ) /

noun

a type of medieval bow fixed transversely on a wooden stock grooved to direct a square-headed arrow (quarrel)
Derived Formscrossbowman, noun
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Word Origin and History for crossbow

crossbow


n.

mid-15c., from cross (n.) + bow (n.1).

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