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  1. (formerly) any of various military engines for throwing large stones, darts, and other missiles.
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Origin of mangonel

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French (diminutive), derivative of Late Latin manganum < Greek mánganon engine of war
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Examples from the Web for mangonel

Historical Examples

  • The Norman hath a mangonel or a trabuch upon the forecastle.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Mangonel, s. a military engine on the principle of the sling-staff for casting stones, a catapult, C 6279.

  • Ye dauntless archers, twang your cross-bows well; On, bill and battle-axe and mangonel!

    The History of Pendennis

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • There was one mangonel so close under the walls that when all its crew were shot dead no others had ventured to man it.

    God Wills It!

    William Stearns Davis

  • Ye dauntless archers, twang your cross-bows well; On, bill and battle-ax and mangonel!

    A History of Pendennis, Volume 1

    William Makepeace Thackeray

British Dictionary definitions for mangonel


  1. history a war engine for hurling stones
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Word Origin

C13: via Old French from Medieval Latin manganellus, ultimately from Greek manganon
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Word Origin and History for mangonel


"military engine for hurling stones," mid-13c., from Old French mangonel "catapult, war engine for throwing stones, etc." (Modern French mangonneau), diminutive of Medieval Latin mangonum, from Vulgar Latin *manganum "machine," from Greek manganon "any means of tricking or bewitching," from PIE *mang- "to embellish, dress, trim" (cf. Old Prussian manga "whore," Middle Irish meng "craft, deception"). Attested from c.1200 in Anglo-Latin.

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