James Howell's Lexicon Tetraglotton (1660) frontispiece,
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Catapults, were engines of warre to shoot arrowes or such like offensive weapons, far off: and by that name was called not onely the instrument it selfe, but the arrow or whatsoever was shot out of it: as Turneb. writeth in his 15 Adversar. cap. I.
Philemon Holland, The Roman History Written by T. Livius (1600)

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