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ballista (n.)

ancient war engine used for throwing missiles, late 14c., from Latin ballista, literally "a throwing machine," from Greek ballein "to throw" (from PIE root *gwele- "to throw, reach").

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Definitions of ballista from WordNet

ballista (n.)
an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles;
Synonyms: catapult / arbalest / arbalist / bricole / mangonel / onager / trebuchet / trebucket
From wordnet.princeton.edu