Medieval Glossary


A siege weapon that was essentially a torsion catapult. Pulling the arm back would increase the twist on some wound-together string or rope, and once the arm was released, the untwisting of the string would create enough force to hurl projectiles. Also called an onager.

Related term(s): Siege Weapon; Onager; Catapult; Trebuchet
Category: Siege Weapons and Artillery
Added: 07.05.04


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