Other Word Forms of Catapult
Origin of Catapult
From Middle French catapulte, from Latin catapulta, from Ancient Greek καταπέλτης (katapeltēs), from κατά (kata, “downwards, into, against”) + πάλλω (pallō, “I poise or sway a missile before it is thrown”).
French catapulte from Old French from Latin catapulta from Greek katapaltēs kata- cata- pallein to brandish, poise a weapon before hurling pāl- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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