machicolation

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English[edit]

A French castle tower with machicolations

Etymology[edit]

From French mâchicoulis.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /məˌtʃɪ.kəˈleɪ.ʃən/

Noun[edit]

machicolation (countable and uncountable, plural machicolations)

  1. An opening between corbels that support a projecting parapet; an opening in the floor of a gallery or the roof of a portal, from which missiles can be shot or dropped upon assailants attacking the base of the walls; the construction of such defenses.
  2. The act of discharging missiles or pouring burning or melted substances upon assailants through such apertures.

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