Crossbow bolt

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Modern crossbow bolt compared to a 1 euro cent coin

A quarrel or bolt is the arrow used in a crossbow.[1] The name "quarrel" is derived from the French word carré, meaning square, referring to their typically square heads. Although their lengths vary, bolts are typically shorter than traditional arrows.[2]


  1. ^ "Quarrel". Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  2. ^ Stone, George Cameron (1999) [1934]. A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration, and Use of Arms and Armor in All Countries and in All Times.Mike. Mineola NY: Dover Publications. p. 125. ISBN 0-486-40726-8.