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A military machine used during the Middle Ages for hurling stones and other missiles, often employing a wooden arm with a container at one end.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin mangonellus, diminutive of Late Latin manganum, catapult, from Greek manganon, war machine.]
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1. (Historical Terms) history a war engine for hurling stones
2. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) history a war engine for hurling stones
[C13: via Old French from Medieval Latin manganellus, ultimately from Greek manganon]
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a former military engine used for hurling stones or other missiles.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Medieval Latin manganellus, -um< Late Latin mangan(um) < Greek mánganon]
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|Noun||1.||mangonel - an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles|
engine - an instrument or machine that is used in warfare, such as a battering ram, catapult, artillery piece, etc.; "medieval engines of war"
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