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trebuchet

[ treb-yoo-shet, treb-yoo-shet ]
/ ˈtrɛb yʊˌʃɛt, ˌtrɛb yʊˈʃɛt /
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noun

a medieval engine of war with a sling for hurling missiles.

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Origin of trebuchet

1300–50; Middle English <Middle French, equivalent to trebuch(er) to overturn, fall (tre(s) across, over (<Latin trāns-trans-) + buc trunk of body <Germanic; compare Old English būc belly) + -et-et
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trebuchet

trebucket (ˈtriːbʌkɪt)

/ (ˈtrɛbjʊˌʃɛt) /

noun

a large medieval siege engine for hurling missiles consisting of a sling on a pivoted wooden arm set in motion by the fall of a weight

Word Origin for trebuchet

C13: from Old French, from trebuchier to stumble, from tre- trans- + -buchier, from buc trunk of the body, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German būh belly, Old English buc
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