cheval de frise

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French, literally "Frisian horse", so named because it was employed by the Dutch (who lacked cavalry) against the Spanish cavalry in their war for independence.

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  • IPA(key): /ʃəˈvɑːl də ˈfriːs/
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cheval de frise (plural chevaux de frise)

  1. (military) An obstacle made of wood with spikes, for use against attacking cavalry.
  2. Protective row of spikes or broken glass set into the top of a wall and used to prevent intrusion.
  3. (archaic, fashion) The jagged edge of 18th-century women's clothing.

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