bartisan

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Etymology[edit]

Scottish form of bratticing.

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bartisan (plural bartisans)

  1. (architecture) A parapet with battlements projecting from the top of a tower in a castle or church.
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe:
      she soon found it had no communication with any other part of the battlements, being an isolated bartisan, or balcony, secured, as usual, by a parapet, with embrasures, at which a few archers might be stationed for defending the turret, and flanking with their shot the wall of the castle on that side.