Meaning of crossbow

cross•bow

Pronunciation: (krôs'bō", kros'-), [key]
— n.
  1. a medieval weapon consisting of a bow fixed transversely on a stock having a trigger mechanism to release the bowstring, and often incorporating or accompanied by a mechanism for bending the bow.
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