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 a mangonel.
Related term(s): Siege Weapon; Catapult; Mangonel; Trebuchet
Category: Siege Weapons and Artillery
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