Crossbow bolt

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Modern crossbow bolt compared to a 1 eurocent coin

A quarrel or bolt is the arrow used in a crossbow.[1] The name "quarrel" is derived from the French carré, meaning square, referring to their typically square heads. Although their lengths vary, they are typically shorter than traditional arrows.


  1. ^ "Quarrel". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 


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