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Old French espringale; of Teutonic origin, akin to English spring.


springal (plural springals)

  1. (obsolete) An ancient military engine for launching stones and arrows by means of a spring.
  2. Alternative form of springald

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for springal in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)