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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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(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]
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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"
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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. Begone, I pray thee follow thine own fate, and leave me to mine.''
Historical sources from approximately 3000 BCE onward make mention of an extraordinary list of lethal naval weaponry: bronze rams, grapnels, drags, arrows wrapped in burning sulfur, javelins, slings, darts, mangonels, catapults, and later "Greek fire," a napalm-like burning liquid shot from projectile tubes by the Byzantine navy to defend Constantinople from Arab ships.