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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.]


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]


(ˈmæŋ gəˌnɛl)

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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mangonel - an engine that provided medieval artillery used during siegesmangonel - 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"
References in classic literature ?
The Norman hath a mangonel or a trabuch upon the forecastle.
There is a force without beleaguering this accursed castle hasten to lead them to the attack, and when thou shalt see a red flag wave from the turret on the eastern angle of the donjon, press the Normans hard they will then have enough to do within, and you may win the wall in spite both of bow and mangonel.
Numbers of the terrorists got killed and their equipment, including vehicles and mangonel, were destroyed.
For 1,000 years," writes Montefiore, "Jerusalem was exclusively Jewish; for about 400 years, Christian; for 1,300 years, Islamic; and not one of the three faiths ever gained Jerusalem without the sword, the mangonel or the howitzer.
DAY OF REST FOR 'STIFF' MANGONEL Mangonel was a nonrunner at Fontwell with a vet's certificate, the official explanation being that she was "stiff".
At Uttoxeter, Jim Best's MANGONEL should complete a hat-trick after successes at Fakenham and Kempton in the Banner Marquees Handicap Hurdle (2.
After doing battle for almost four hours, the cloak-wearing, shield-wielding Mangonel the Great of Clintonshire team beat out the Muskateers in the championship rounds.
No harm befell the land" despite those who "immortalized their names with spear or mangonel .
Fue en Inglaterra, Alemania y Francia donde primero se configuro y se reconocio la profesion de ingeniero como la persona dedicada al estudio y al manejo de los ingenios, es decir de las maquinas de todo tipo, a las cuales se les hizo extensivo el nombre de ingeninni con que los romanos habian designado sus grandes maquinas de guerra (como la balista, el mangonel, la torre de asalto y la catapulta) que eran las mas complejas y poderosas que ellos llegaron a emplear.
A boastful man by the name of Mangonel was our guest recently.