ar·ba·lest also ar·ba·list (ärbə-lĭst)
A medieval crossbow, especially one having a steel bow and a winch or other mechanism to draw the string.
[Middle English arblast, from Old English, from Old French arbaleste, from Late Latin arcuballista : Latin arcus, bow + Latin ballista, ballista; see BALLISTA.]
arba·lest′er (-lĕs′tər) n.
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