Definition of mangonel in English:

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mangonel

Pronunciation: /ˈmaNGɡəˌnel/

noun

historical
A military device for throwing stones and other missiles.
Example sentences
  • The battering rams and mangonels would be ready in a few days.
  • That gave us the time to move arbalests and mangonels into position along the walls.
  • It would take a mangonel to bring that wall down if they even knew the door was there.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French mangonel(le), from medieval Latin manganellus, diminutive of late Latin manganum, from Greek manganon 'axis of a pulley'.

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