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longbow (n.)

also long-bow, the bow of war and chase in medieval Europe and the characteristic weapon of the English soldiery, only gradually superseded by firearms; late 14c., from long (adj.) + bow (n.1). Distinguished from the crossbow, but especially of bows five feet or longer.

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Definitions of longbow

longbow (n.)
a powerful wooden bow drawn by hand; usually 5-6 feet long; used in medieval England;
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