n. pl. bal·lis·tae (-tē′)
An ancient and medieval engine of warfare, usually having a design similar to a crossbow, used to hurl heavy projectiles.
[Latin, from Greek ballistēs, from ballein, to throw; see gwelə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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