arrowslit

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arrow +‎ slit

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arrowslit (plural arrowslits)

  1. A slit, as in a castle wall, through which arrows can be fired.
    • 1949, George Orwell, chapter 3, in Nineteen Eighty-Four[1]:
      When they met in the church tower the gaps in their fragmentary conversation were filled up. [] They sat talking for hours on the dusty, twig-littered floor, one or other of them getting up from time to time to cast a glance through the arrowslits and make sure that no one was coming.

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