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[mang-guh-nel] /ˈmæŋ gəˌnɛl/

(formerly) any of various military engines for throwing large stones, darts, and other missiles.
(history) a war engine for hurling stones

“military engine for hurling stones,” mid-13c., from Old French mangonel “catapult, war engine for throwing stones, etc.” (Modern French mangonneau), diminutive of Medieval Latin mangonum, from Vulgar Latin *manganum “machine,” from Greek manganon “any means of tricking or bewitching,” from PIE *mang- “to embellish, dress, trim” (cf. Old Prussian manga “whore,” Middle Irish meng “craft, deception”). Attested from c.1200 in Anglo-Latin.


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