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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Cros-bow, -boll, n. [e.m.E. and ME. (a 1450), crosse bowe. Cf. Croce- and Corsbow.] A cross-bow. 1490 Irland Mir. fol. 339 b.
The ȝoung noblis … suld tak thar play … in the hand bow or cros boll
1531 Bell. Boece II. 227.
Behind thaim war crosbowis, bendit with ganyeis reddy to schute
1567 Acts Jas. VI (1597) 13.
Quhatsumeuer person … schuttis … with culvering, cros-bow, or hand-bow, at da, ra [etc.]
attrib. 1612 Bk. Rates 296.
Crosbow lathes, … threid, … rackis

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