< /bəˈlɪs ti/.

  1. an ancient military engine for throwing stones or other missiles.

noun plural -tae (-tiː)

  1. an ancient catapult for hurling stones, etc
  2. an ancient form of large crossbow used to propel a spear

ancient war engine, late 14c., from Latin ballista, literally “a throwing machine,” from Greek ballein “to throw” (see ballistics).

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