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ballista

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noun bal·lis·ta \bə-ˈlis-tə\

Definition of ballista

plural

ballistae

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  1. :  an ancient military engine often in the form of a crossbow for hurling large missiles



Origin and Etymology of ballista

Latin, from Greek *ballistēs, from ballein to throw — more at devil


First Known Use: 14th century

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