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

Nearby words

  1. mangle,
  2. mango,
  3. mango madness,
  4. mangoky,
  5. mangold-wurzel,
  6. mangosteen,
  7. mangrove,
  8. mangrove fish,
  9. mangrove jack,
  10. mangrove snapper

Origin of mangonel

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French (diminutive), derivative of Late Latin manganum < Greek mánganon engine of war Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mangonel



history a war engine for hurling stones

Word Origin for mangonel

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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