cheval-de-frise


che·val–de–frise

noun \shə-ˌval-də-ˈfrēz\
plural che·vaux–de–frise \shə-ˌvō-\

Definition of CHEVAL-DE-FRISE

1
:  a defense consisting typically of a timber or an iron barrel covered with projecting spikes and often strung with barbed wire
2
:  a protecting line (as of spikes) on top of a wall —usually used in plural

Origin of CHEVAL-DE-FRISE

French, literally, horse from Friesland
First Known Use: 1668

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