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To my mind the long-bow is a better weapon than the arbalest, but it may be ill for me to prove it.

Holding the arbalest with one hand, Daoud vaulted into the saddle.

The form of the arbalest of this time may be seen in our woodcut, No. 50.

On this bird, I deemed, he meant to try his skill with the arbalest.

The arbalest is said by some writers to be of Italian origin.

The arrow of the arbalest is sometimes called vireton, from the French virer, on account of its rotary flight.

This distinctive form of the arbalest shaft is carefully kept in view in the illumination from Add.

He then lay down beside him, with one hand on his arbalest, and drew the bear-skin over them, hair inward.

The cross-bow, or arbalest, does not appear to have been used in war until the close of the twelfth century.

Daoud chose the bigger one, a Genoese arbalest drawn by crank, a present from King Manfred.

WORD ORIGIN

"crossbow," c.1300, from Old French arbaleste "large crossbow with a crank" (12c., Modern French arbalète), from Vulgar Latin arbalista, from Late Latin arcuballista "catapult," from Latin arcus "bow" (see arc (n.)) + ballista "machine for throwing projectiles" (see ballistic). German armbrust is from the same French word but mangled by folk etymology.

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