helepole

noun

hel·​e·​pole ˈhe-lə-ˌpōl How to pronounce helepole (audio)
variants or less commonly helepolis
plural helepoles ˈhe-lə-ˌpōlz How to pronounce helepole (audio) also helepolises hə-ˈle-pə-lə-səz How to pronounce helepole (audio)
: an ancient siege engine composed of a movable tower covering a battering ram

Word History

Etymology

French & Latin; French hélépole, from Latin helepolis, from Greek helepolis, from helein to take + polis city

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“Helepole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/helepole. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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