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definition of the word arblast

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From Old French arbaleste (modern arbalète), from late Latin arcuballista, from arcus ‘bow’.

Singular
arblast

Plural
arblasts

arblast (plural arblasts)

  1. (obsolete except historical) A wooden crossbow with a special drawing mechanism, used to fire bolts, stones etc.
    • 1819: “Here be two arblasts, comrades, with windlaces and quarrells — to the barbican with you, and see you drive each bolt through a Saxon brain.” — Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
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