treb·u·chet [trebyəˈSHet]

  1. a machine used in medieval siege warfare for hurling large stones or other missiles.
    “Fire the trebuchet!!!!”

Origin: 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

See Also: Catapult, Arbalest, Ballista

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