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cheval–de–frise

play
noun che·val–de–frise \shə-ˌval-də-ˈfrēz\

Definition of cheval–de–frise

plural che·vaux–de–frise play \shə-ˌvō-\

  1. 1 :  a defense consisting typically of a timber or an iron barrel covered with projecting spikes and often strung with barbed wire

  2. 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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