Definition of machicolation
1 a : an opening between the corbels of a projecting parapet or in the floor of a gallery or roof of a portal for discharging missiles upon assailants below — see battlement illustration b : a gallery or parapet containing such openings
2 : construction imitating medieval machicolation
Origin of machicolation
Medieval Latin machicolare to furnish with machicolations, from Middle French machicoller, from machicoleis machicolation, from macher to crush + col neck, from Latin collum — more at collar
First Known Use: 1787
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