from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Arranged in the form of a harrow. See quotation and note.
- [This passage is accompanied by the following note: “This was the usual method of marshalling the bowmen. At Crecy ‘the archers stood in the manner of an herse, about two hundred in front, and but forty in depth, which is undoubtedly the best way of embatteling archers, … for by the breadth of the front the extension of the enemies front is matched; and by reason of the thinness in flank, the arrows do more certain execution, being more likely to reach home’ (Barnes).”]
Sorry, no etymologies found.