Petrary Pet"ra*ry, n. [L. petra stone. Cf. Sp. petraria, and E. {Pederero}.] An ancient war engine for hurling stones. [1913 Webster]

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  • Petrary — is a generic term for a medieval stone throwing siege engine (from the Latin petrus, stone), used to hurl large rocks against the walls of the besieged city, in an attempt to break down the wall and create an entry point. They were also used to… …   Wikipedia

  • petrary — noun /ˈpɛtrəri/ a weapon used to hurl stones , 1969: Their boats, loaded with six months’ provisions and a petrary for shooting crucifixes, were stowed aboard. Robert Nye, Tales I Told My Mother …   Wiktionary

  • petrary — pet·ra·ry …   English syllables

  • petrary — ˈpe.trərē noun ( es) Etymology: Medieval Latin petraria more at pedrero : pedrero …   Useful english dictionary

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