A crossbow is a type of
Historically, crossbows played a significant role in the warfare of
A crossbowman or crossbow-maker is sometimes called an arbalist or arbalest.
Arrow, bolt and quarrel are all suitable terms for crossbow projectiles.
The lath, also called the prod, is the bow of the crossbow. According to W.F. Peterson, the prod came into usage in the 19th century as a result of mistranslating rodd in a 16th century list of crossbow effects.
The stock is the wooden body on which the bow is mounted, although the medieval tiller is also used.
The lock refers to the release mechanism, including the string, sears, trigger lever, and housing.