A trebuchet is a kind of catapult that was used to hurl heavy stones or other projectiles during battles in the Middle Ages. Don't try using a trebuchet for a spit wad. A straw will suffice.

Trebuchets were the most powerful catapults used in the Middle Ages, and they were important weapons during military siege attacks on enemy fortifications. Using a counterweight, a trebuchet could hurl an extremely large and heavy rock very fast, potentially causing a lot of damage. The twelfth century Old French word trebuchet means "siege engine," from trebucher, "to overturn or overthrow."

Definitions of trebuchet

n an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles

arbalest, arbalist, ballista, bricole, catapult, mangonel, onager, trebucket
Type of:
an instrument or machine that is used in warfare, such as a battering ram, catapult, artillery piece, etc.

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