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Topic: TOYS

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: catapulta, from Greek katapaltes, from kata- ( CATACLYSM) + pallein 'to throw strongly'

catapult

1 noun
     
catapult
cat‧a‧pult1 [countable]
1PMW a large weapon used in former times to throw heavy stones, iron balls etc
2DHT British English a small stick in the shape of a Y with a thin rubber band fastened over the two ends, used by children to throw stones [= slingshot American English]
3TTA a piece of equipment used to send an aircraft into the air from a ship
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