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- n. A kind of crossbow used for shooting stones.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of crossbow formerly used for shooting stones.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A weapon somewhat resembling a crossbow, for shooting stones; a catapult; also, a sort of toy.
Then 1 James I.c. 29 awarded three months 'imprisonment "without bail or mainprise" to any person who should "shoot at, kill, or destroy with any gun, crossbow, stonebow, or longbow, any house-dove or pigeon," but allowed an alternative fine of twenty shillings to be paid to the churchwardens of the parish for the benefit of the poor.
"Snipes!" says Bridget; "deft art thou, fosterling, to take them without either springe or stonebow, and they all flittering like butterflies on a March day."