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Ancient Battering Ram Analysis Reveals Details Of Its Origin
2013-04-05 11:12:35

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A bronze battering ram from a 2,000-year-old warship discovered by British divers off the coast of Libya in 1964, is offering up some evidence for how such a device was made in ancient times. Analysis of the 45-lb, 26-inch-long artifact, which is known as the Belgammel Ram, revealed that the process used to build the weapon was not easy. The ram comes from a small Greek or Roman warship (tesseraria), which was equipped with...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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